Skip to main content

Full text of "The First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia, N.C. : a history"

See other formats

Daniel, Charles F. 

The First Presbyter 
of Gastonia, N.C. 







Qy c Uhe Si* 

Tirst Presbyterian Chureh 

of Gastonia, ~N. C. 


CA History 





CO 4-1 


fa o 

c -fa 



•r-l CO 

CU > 



>- -M 


XI c 



1> -H 

-H 3 


+■» rr 


to o 

C fa 



fa o 


p cj 



x x 


> c 

CO fa 

to -m 


CU o 

•r-l CU 



(0 CI 


DC fa 


* >■ 



fa E 


"J 4h 



C (0 



4h CO 

•H (I) 


^ fa 

<D -M 


• C 

r-l P„ 

fa rn 


TO «H 


a> x) 



r- <u 

X «H 



• j"! 

5 X 


* <u 

< V 

«• .-u 



c r 



TO fa 

_C -H 


O P 



O IT! 


c£ x: 


*~1 X 






r-\ CO 




• CxC 

O rrj 


o a) 



tn TO 



-M CU 



fa CU 



a fa 



s c 

fa" fa 


£ X 






TO +-> 




CO +-> 



c > 

X >>rH 




TO -H 

•H X 


+-> CU 



> CO 


TO > 


fa p 




CD 4-t 

O fa 














W cu 


fa CO 





• • 

4h cj 

fa -M 


X X 


O P 






CU o 



> -M 




o c 



0) X 


4h CO 


fa CD 


C fa 


fO to 

O +-> 
E C 


fa CU 




o > 

•r-< Q) 

x co 



M fa 

o a> 



rH tMj 

O fa 


TO »H 

»r • G 

to c 

P- CO 

~K 5 

• CJ 



CO -M 

*- ■ 

•H TO 





X* *s 


5 TO 


•H X • 




fa -P > 

tx cu 




CD fa 

C X 




X <4h -M 





O C '!) 

fa - 



CC -H 

3 CT> 

tx rN 


c c 

O d" 

lO fa 


o -H 



CT> O 


-" g 



rH U. 





















X -H 



4-> C 






4h E 



O rH 







fa 3 
CD C9 












s: -m 





CD 4-i 




•P O 







•H CU 



O -M 






co a 



co x 





< TO 








G (X 





IT 1 



















a> cu 





fa X 



O en 








o • 




x en 



• • 





C co 




CD «H 















CO fa 












M O 





o X 


fa H 



■M «H 


CO 73 


E O 





< c 





• O 


— 1 

CO -H 



fa fa 



S a) 








The ensuing pages might well be called the "First Addition" to the 
comprehensive and exhaustive history of the First Presbyterian Church 
of Gastonia, N. C, as compiled in 1948 by the late Hugh A. Query, an 
elder and clerk of the session. 

This "addition" endeavors to depict the major work of the congrega- 
tion between that period and midyear of 1961. Space limitations, 
naturally, limit many details of the devoted and unselfish work done by 
various members of the congregation, but major accomplishments have 
been outlined in an effort to bring before the congregation outstanding 
accomplishments of the past dozen or more years. 

Personal references have been made in a few cases primarily as 
examples of the services rendered throughout the years and of the sted- 
fast devotion to the church and its causes by families now represented 
by the third, and in some cases, fourth generations. To all who have 
labored faithfully and in a consecrated manner, the church is deeply 
indebted and to them is due much credit for the successful activities 
throughout the years. 

The compilation of this record was made primarily by Charles F. 
Daniel, an elder in the church and member since 1944, at the request of 
the Memorials committee. Mr. Daniel has done extensive research of 
church records, has made lots of personal interviews, and reminiscences 
have also had a part in this writing. The Memorials committee hereby 
expresses its deep gratitude to Mr. Daniel for his faithful and zealous 
efforts in making possible this "first addition" to the Church's history. 

The committee extends its thanks also to all others who have 
cooperated generously and hopes that this record will be an inspiration 
to greater achievements in the work of the church. 


Brice T. Dickson, Chairman 
Mrs. Fred L. Smyre, Sr. 
Mrs. John C. Mason, Jr. 
Harry S. Cobb 
L. J. Shive 


"An Adventure in Faith" .... the planning, constructing and 
occupying of a magnificent, modern church plant in a new site, was the 
major accomplishment of the First Presbyterian Church during the 
12-year period from 1949 to 1961. 

Such an appellation has been given the mammoth project by Dr. 
Harry M. Moffett, pastor. 

"It was truly an adventure in faith," he remarked informally to 
officers one evening. "We started our program with no fixed goal, 
but to expand our program and work for greater witness to God. It 
seems that at each step of the project, from the earliest studies to ful- 
fillment, we have been led by faith and now have accomplished deeds 
that were never dreamed of at the beginning." 

"One or two hundred years from now families will be still 
worshipping in our new church. Few may recall who the preachers and 
people were who built it," he later said; "but this they will not be 
able to forget: that in the middle years of the twentieth century, when 
all the world was in turmoil with suspicion and threat, there were still 
people who had faith in God and in the future — faith great enough to 
build a great church. Our new church will be our witness for generations 
to come." 

In other comments on the project, he said: 

"We will have much more than a new building and grounds. We 
will have a joy, a unity and a spiritual enrichment beyond anything 

we can now foresee There awaits us a new life of worship, a 

new experience of joyful service and a new fruitfulness in our witness." 

The church plant, which sets new standards in worshipful and 
functional architecture, was actually started on April 10, 1960, when 
groundbreaking ceremonies were held at the 12-acre wooded site on 
Kendrick Drive or Seventh street extension at the southeastern edge of 
the city. Progress has been steady and the target date for moving to 
the new plant is September 15, 1961. Completion of the sanctuary and 
chapel will require a few months additional work, but services will be 
held in the fellowship hall at present and all departments of the 
Sunday school and other features will be ready for early use. 

The $1,500,000.00 plant represents the newest designs in architec- 
ture. The contour of the land lent itself readily to a split-level type of 
construction. The street level shows only the sanctuary, chapel and 
front line of offices. The lower levels depict two-story Sunday school 
rooms, and other facilities, while the fellowship hall at the rear affords 
accommodations for serving over 400 persons at a meal. Kitchen and 
dining facilities are also on the lower ground levels. 

The church is designed and equipped to adequately care for a 
congregation of 2,000 or more and is erected to stand for centuries. It 

is a complete unit and is not designed for additions or expansions, it 
being the idea that when the facilities become cramped, the formation 
of new congregations will be an imperative need. 

Constructed of concrete and steel, faced with Tennessee quartzite 
and pre-formed concrete, the solid structure will require small main- 
tenance and throughout the years to come will serve well the many 
requirements of a large and active congregation. 

The sanctuary is planned to seat one thousand persons. Two huge 
chipped glass windows frame the raised pulpit, while the gallery at the 
rear will contain the choir and organ. Beneath the structure are dressing 
cr robe rooms for the choir and spiral staircases lead to the sanctuary 
or pulpit area and on to the gallery. Storage and record rooms are 
also on the lower level. 

The entire plant has been fitted with the most modern means of 
heating as well as air conditioning and will be comfortable at any season 
of the year. 

The chapel, to seat 200, will be used for small gatherings. It will 
also be handsomely furnished, has a covered driveway at the side and 
will afford convenient access for various affairs. 

The "Adventure in Faith" had a rather inconspicuous beginning 
in October 1953 when officers of the church, at a joint meeting, 
designated their executive committees and the outgoing and incoming 
presidents of the Women of the Church, to serve as a committee on 
long-range planning. It was instructed to study: 1 — the advisability of 
the congregation remaining at the present location or moving to a new 
site; 2 — colonization and area of city to be considered; 3 — improvements 
to present plant in view of long-range programs. 

A month later, plans were started towards steps to bring the 
present plant to adequate efficiency and size; and also, discussions were 
started looking towards colonization in outlying areas. 

Throughout much of the following year, these topics were informally 
discussed with much study given to the matters ahead. Generally un- 
known to the congregation, committees tramped various sites about 
the city on Sunday afternoons and at other times with the idea of 
finding suitable locations for another church. 

On November 3, 1954, D. R. La.Far, of the Planning and Development 
committee, reported that a long-term option had been obtained on a 
12-acre tract on Kendrick Drive from the Ratchford heirs. The price 
would be about $36,000.00 for the rolling and wooded area, and was 
considered a.s a suitable site for future expansion, he reported. 

At a joint meeting of deacons and elders on November 14, 1954, it 
was decided that no more money be spent on the present plant for 
permanent improvements, but that plans for possible expansion should 
be studied thoroughly. 

On February 20, 1955, the congregation voted to exercise the 
option on the Ratchford property. After the matter had been presented 
in detail, a secret ballot was taken with 227 voting to exercise the 
option, 66 against. Purchase of the property was authorized, with the 
money to be raised by subscriptions from the congregation. 

R. A. Dickson, chairman of the committee, reported on July 10, 
1955, that 10.95 acres at a cost of $32,580.00 had been acquired from 
Eatchford heirs. On August 11, 1957, the congregation approved the 
purchase of 0.49 acre of land from Mrs. J. C. Owen for $1,500.00 to 
straighten boundaries. 

Mr. Dickson further reported to the church officers tha.t most of 
the funds for the new property had been contributed and the Diaconate 
was authorized to pay off the balance. The officers further authorized 
the selection of a committee of 15 members, five each from the session, 
the Diaconate and the Women of the Church, to consider the entire 
matter of a positive building program for the church. 

With a new site in hand, the "Adventure" moved forward rather 
swiftly. A congregational meeting on September 9, 1956, elected a 
committee to study a positive building program, "either expansion 
and/ or extension, for our church" and authorized that a building fund 
be set up to receive contributions to be used for future plans "as 
congregation directs." 

The committee was composed of the following: 

Elders — M. R. Adams, Ralph A. Dickson, Ralph H. Falls, Robert A. 
Gordon, D. R. LaFar, Jr., Ralph S. Robinson, Wm. R. Sparrow. 

Deacons — James Boyce Garland, Chas. I. Loftin, Jr., Wm. D. Lawson, 
III, Dr. William Patrick, C. K. Torrence, Sr. 

Women of the Church — Mrs. Joe L. Barnett, Mrs. Harry Cobb, Miss 
Elizabeth Matthews, Mrs. J. N. Summerell, Mrs. Charles A. Wetzell. 

The "Adventure. . ." began to take more definite form in 1957 as 
the congregation fervently debated the issue of remodeling its current 
plant and, also of establishing a new congregation on the recently 
acquired site. An intensive survey of the city was made by professional 
groups and by leaders from the church's mission boards tending to show 
the position of the church, present and indicated future congregation; 
the trend of Presbyterian families and prospects for the church of the 

Parking problems, the encroachment of business upon the present 
church property, problems of expansion on the site now accupied and 
population growth of this area were among other items considered. 

The results were given to the congregation at a series of dinner 
meetings. Leaders, by use of maps and symbols, explained that both 
present and long-range future centers of population of Presbyterian 
families focused upon the Ratchford property; that residential building 
and population growth were rapidly expanding in that area; that ample 
parking space and room for any planned facility existed; and that the 
coming years indicated a diminishing value and usage of current 

As might be expected, opposition developed, especially from some 
of the older members. The matter was debated rather hotly for some 
weeks, but at a congregational meeting April 7, 1957, R. A. Dickson 
presented the planning committee's recommendation that the church 

move from its present site to the Kendrick Drive property rather than 
colonize or develop other plans. The new property was declared the 
best location for the church of the future and for a long period of 
years to come. He moved that the report be adopted. 

J. W. Timberlake seconded the motion and after some discussion, a 
written ballot was taken with the following results: 410 favored the 
move; 114 voted against the move. 

On April 14, 1957, a joint meeting of the Elders and Deacons 
heard a recommendation of the session that a Steering committee of 
eight officers, four from each body, be elected to follow up action of 
April 7. The group approved the recommendation and added the clerk 
of the session and secretary of the board of deacons to the group. By 
ballot, the following were chosen: 

Elders — F. L. Smyre, Jr., D. R. LaFar, Jr., Ralph A. Dickson and 
M. R. Adams, Fred A. Ratchford, clerk, was added. 

Deacons — John M. Akers, L. G. Alexander, W. B. Garrison and A. S. 
Robinson; Bynum Carter, secretary, was added. 

D. R. LaFar, Jr., was elected general chairman by the committee 
just named. 

The church officers heard various recommendations from Chairman 
LaFar and the Steering committee on May 12, 1957 and approved them 
in entirety. These included: 

1. That the Steering committee be charged with the responsibility 
for implementing and completing the toal building program by coordi- 
nating the work and decisions of all committees. 

2. That the Steering Committee appoint from the congregation, 
subject to the approval of the session, the personnel of all committees. 

3. That the congregation and officers be kept fully informed of 
progress at all times. 

4. That any vacancies on the committee be filled by secret ballot 
of the church officers in joint session. 

5. That the Steering Committee be permanent. 

An outline of various committees and their duties was presented. 
The church officers voted that the Steering Committee be instructed 
to place at least one of its members on each of the main committees. 

On June 23, 1957, the session approved the following committee 
appointments for the new church: 

STEERING COMMITTEE— D. R. LaFar, chairman, M. R. Adams, 
R. A. Dickson, Fred A. Ratchford, Secretary; Fred L. Smyre, Jr., John 
Akers, L. G. Alexander, Bynum Carter, W. B. Garrison, A. S. Robinson, 
Treasurer Building Fund. 

FINANCE COMMITTEE— Fred L. Smyre, chairman, John Akers, 
Joe L. Barnett, W. B. Garrison, Dan LaFar, Charles I. Loftin, T. Craig 


PROPERTIES COMMITTEE (Old and New)— Ralph S. Robinson, 
chairman; Caldwell Ragan, Charlton K. Torrence. 

BUILDING COMMITTEE— Ralph Falls, chairman, Mrs. M. R. 
Adams, Leon G. Alexander, Ralph A. Dickson, W. D. Lawson, III, Mrs. 
J. H. Matthews, Mrs. J. N. Summerell. 

A. WORSHIP — Ralph A. Dickson, chairman; Mrs. J. N. Summerell, 
vice chairman; Harry Cobb, Paul Kincaid, Dr. W. M. Patrick, Mrs. 
Walter Rhyne, Mrs. Ralph Robinson. 

B. EDUCATION— W. D. Lawson, III, chairman; M. R. Adams, 
advisor; Bynum Carter, Mrs. James Ormand, Fred Waters, Mrs. W. L. 
Wetzell, Jr., Mrs. T. L. Wilson. 

C. FELLOWSHIP & SERVICE— W. R. Sparrow, chairman; Leon 
Alexander, advisor; Mrs. Margaret Beam, James E. Cashatt, Harry 
Mann, Mrs. J. H. Matthews, Mrs. Hugh Query. 

Mr. Harold E. Wagoner of Philadelphia, Pa., nationally renowned 
as a church architect, was employed to draw plans for the new plant, it 
was announced by Ralph H. Falls, chairman of the Building committee, 
on August 11, 1957. 

With the "Adventure" in full swing and with a growing enthusiasm 
shown by the congregation, plans for a financial campaign were approv- 
ed in October. 

W. B. Garrison and Fred L. Smyre, Jr., co-chairmen of the Finance 
committee, announced that a professional agency, Ketchum, Inc., of 
Pittsburg, Pa., would conduct the campaign and that Mr. Marshall 
Thompson, director, would be in charge. A goal of $800,000.00 over a 
three-year tax period, had been established. 

The campaign was held from October 28 through December 22, with 
actual solicitation of funds extending over three weeks prior to the 
closing date. During the early periods, members attended meetings, 
canvassing teams were organized and instructed, and then the real work 

The result: Pledges and contributions of $828,000.00. Early in 1961 
it was reported that approximately $750,000.00 had been paid in, and a 
large portion of the balance was considered collectible. 

The program then moved forward with the guidance of the Almighty 
earnestly sought on many occasions. Committees met and planned, 
they visited other churches in this area, they studied church programs, 
buildings and facilities and every effort was made to move forward in 
full faith that the new plant would adequately serve its purpose for 
many, many years to come. 

On January 19, 1958, the session approved a Memorials committee 
to be added to the Steering committee, and named B. T. Dickson as 
chairman. Other members are: Mrs. Fred L. Smyre, Sr., Mrs. John C. 
Mason, Jr., Harry S. Cobb and L. J. Shive. 

The committee established a plan whereby members would be 
enabled to dedicate elements in the new church "to the Glory of God" 
and "to honor those who have been a part of our Church's great tradition 

and those living persons whom we love and respect. . . . By perpetuating 
a record of unselfish and Christian giving, we set an example for 
generations still to come." 

Certain values were placed upon elements in the new church and 
many of these, representing large contributions, have been claimed. 
Designation of a memorial or tribute is entered by the donor in his own 
handwriting with black indelible ink in the "Book of Remembrance." 
Each entry has its own page. One copy of the book will be displayed at 
the entrance of the sanctuary while an identical copy will be available 
at or near the administrative offices. 

With Architect Wagoner preparing plans, the question of the 
traditional Colonial type of church or modern, functional design, was 

The architect submitted sketches showing the functional design 
and the congregation, by secret ballot on February 8, 1959 approved 
this recommendation with the following result: 325 for; 115 against. 
With a 73.8 per cent majority favoring the new design, the Steering 
committee was empowered to proceed with building plans. 

R. H. Pinnix, prominent contractor of Gastonia, was employed in 
June of 1959 to assist with the building plans regarding selection of 
materials and supplies, and for other guidance and advice. 

In February 1960, upon petition of the church, the city annexed 
the new church property, thus giving the congregation benefit of 
water, sewer and utilities and other city services. 

Planning on the new church reached a climax in early 1960 as the 
architect drew near the completion of his work. R. H. Pinnix was re- 
tained as general contractor for the church and R. L. Leviner was his 
happy choice of superintendent of building. The total plant of 67,000 
square feet was estimated to cost $1,200,000. However, some additions 
and enlargements before actual construction began caused increased 
costs. Furnishings and landscaping also called for additional money. 

On a bright, windy, cold Sunday, April 10, 1960, ground breaking 
ceremonies were held at 11:30 o'clock. Dr. J. N. Brown, associate pastor, 
led in the prayer of dedication, Mrs. Ralph Armstrong played the piano 
mounted atop a truck, Mrs. Edith Warren led the huge crowd in singing 
appropriate hymns, after which the first spadeful of dirt was turned by 
Mr. LaFar. He was followed by Mr. Falls, then by Dr. Brown. A message 
from Dr. Moffett, then on a church mission to the African Congo, was 
read by Dr. Brown and the actual building of the new structure was 
underway the following morning. 

Work on the church progressed rather slowly at first because of 
considerable grading that had to be done. In addition, delays were ex- 
perienced in constructing foundations because of sub-structural difficul- 
ties not anticipated. However, these and other troublesome matters were 
overcome in due time and soon the walls began rising and the building 
took visible form. 

The first church event at the new plant was held on Mother's Day, 
May 14, 1961, under auspices of the Family Life committee of the 
Christian Education group. A covered dish supper was held in the 

partly completed fellowship hall. Families gathered in the later after- 
noon to visit the new building after which supper was served. Dr. 
Moffett led a short service of song and fellowship. 

A church picnic was also held at the new plant on June 7, 1961 
when the congregation gathered in the fellowship hall for a short service 
led by Dr. Moffett, then spread dinner picnic-style. Tours of the plant 
followed and many saw for the first time the progress that had been 

The spire reaches 165 feet into the clouds and because of the high 
eminence on which the church is built, may be seen from miles around. 
Mounted on a tower 90 feet above the ground, the steeple is large at 
the bottom and narrows to the top and has a 10-foot aluminum cross at 
its peak. 

The steeple has a steel frame support, its interior is made of treated 
wood covered with lead-coated copper. It was raised August 16, 1961, 
before a large crowd of spectators. 

On the front of the church are three large interlocking circles 
denoting the Holy Trinity. 

A circular driveway will lead from street level to the front of 
the sanctuary, the church offices and the chapel. All other portions of 
the church and fellowship hall may be reached by vehicular traffic. 
Covered corridors and stairs will enable a person to go from any part of 
the building to another without setting foot on the ground. 

Around the building are ample paved parking spaces. Landscape 
artists are busy with their work and soon, the abundance of shrubs, 
plants and flowers will add a mellowing touch to the area. 

In 1959, the church sold the uptown property to the City of Gastonia 
for $240,000.00. The city soon graded about a third of the property to 
street level for metered parking services. After the removal of the 
congregation, the church property will be leveled and the entire area 
will be converted into parking facilities or used for such other purposes 
as the city desires. 

Because of increased costs in building in the past few years and a 
more elaborate structure than originally planned, the congregation 
conducted another successful financial campaign about midsummer in 
1961. A goal of $500,000.00 was practically subscribed and the leaders 
feel that within a few years, the entire church debt will be paid off and 
formal dedication may be held. 

The new church is the third for the congregation which was 
organized in 1882 with 22 members. The first was a small brick 
structure 35 x 50 feet on Long Avenue, with seating capacity of 400 
and was built in 1883. 

The second was the present structure in the 100 block of South 
Marietta street at the corner of Franklin avenue. It was built in 1895 
at cost of approximately $15,000.00. It had a tower 110% feet high, 
was constructed of red pressed brick made in Washington, D. C, with 
brownstone trimmings and slate roof. 

Now the "Adventure in Faith" is reaching its climax. This third 
building, the "Cathedral" church in the Presbytery — because it furnishes 


offices for the work and because of its dignity, beauty and spacious- 
ness — is destined to be of everlasting service to the Glory of God. 

Well might the congregation say with John Ruskin, in his "Lamp 
of Memory": 

"Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build forever. Let 
it not be for present delight, not for present use alone. Let it be 
such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think as we 
lay stone on stone that a time is come when these stones will be held 
sacred because our hands have touched them and that men will say 
as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, 'See! This 
our fathers did for us'." 

Or with Samuel, they say, as he placed the stone Ebenezer: 
"Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." 

The present conregation has 1,300 members with an annual budget 
of approximately $115,000.00. However, several families of large means 
make substantial contributions annually to favorite projects, such as 
world and home missions, Barium Springs orphanage and other worthy 
causes, so that total contributions far exceed the budgeted sums. 


Dr. Harry M. Moffett, Jr., pastor of the University Presbyterian 
Church at Austin, Texas., for seven years prior, was extended a call to 
become pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia in 
February 1952. 

The call was extended by Hugh A. Query, chairman, and Robert A. 
Gordon, co-chairman, both Elders; John M. Akers, chairman of the 
Board of Deacons; and Mrs. O. D. Boyce, president of the Women of 
the Church, as representatives of the pulpit committee. 

A congregational meeting was held March 2, 1952, with Dr. W. W. 
Akers, retired Presbyterian minister, as moderator. Chairman Query 
presented the name of Dr. Moffett, and he was unanimously chosen as 
pastor by a rising vote of the congregation. 

The call was accepted, and Dr. Moffett and family, consisting of 
wife, daughter, son and small daughter, arrived a few weeks later to 
begin work here. Dr. Moffett preached his first sermon to the con- 
gregation on April 6, 1952. 

Dr. Moffett is a native of Virginia, son and grandson of ministers 
of the Southern Presbyterian church, a nephew of five missionaries in 
the foreign mission fields, graduate of Davidson College and schoolmate 
of a number of members of this church. A graduate of Union Theological 
Seminary, he has had advanced studies there and has done considerable 
work at other symposiums and conferences. He served pastorates at 
Jefferson City, Tenn., Liberty and Columbus, Mo., before going to Texas. 

His wife is the former Margaret Yarbrough of Memphis, Tenn., a 
graduate of the Assembly Training School. The children are: Margaret, 
Harry, Jr., and Ann Stewart. 



On October 14, 1954, Dr. James N. Brown, a native Mississippian, 
came to the church from Baton Rouge, La., as associate pastor. He had 
recently terminated a ministry of over 20 years at Gulfport, Miss., where 
he had done an outstanding' work. 

Dr. Brown graduated at the University of Mississippi, the Louisville 
Theological Seminary, and did further graduate work at the New York 
Biblical Seminary, the Chicago Theological Seminary, and the Divinity 
School at the University of Chicago. 

His wife is the former Louise Gardner and they have two daughters: 
Elizabeth Ann (Mrs. Charles Voss) and Margaret Louise. 

In addition to preaching frequently, Dr. Brown has rendered in- 
valuable services in meeting newcomers, in home and hospital visitations, 
in bringing messages to many churches in this area which are without 
regular pastors, and ha.s been particularly helpful in carrying forward 
the mammoth program of our own church. 


The rotation system for Deacons was adpoted in 1934 when ten 
members were elected each year for three-year terms. Nominations 
and elections were by written ballots of the congregation at large and 
a member was required to remain off the board for at least one year 
before becoming eligible for reelection. 

However, Elders were named for indefinite terms, considered for 
life, in accordance with old customs in the church. 

On December 11, 1949, the following Elders were elected: J. E. 
Brison, W. A. Daniel, R. A. Dickson, J. R. McGerrigle, Clarke Starnes 
and Fred M. Waters. 

On November 1, 1953, other Elders were named: M. R. Adams, 
Haxry S. Cobb, David Gillespie, Paul P. Kincaid, Fred M. Moss, Fred A. 
Ratchford, Ralph S. Robinson, W. R. Sparrow, Fred L. Smyre, Jr., and 
W. L. Wetzell, Jr. 

However, with the growing demands of the church and need for 
additional leaders, the session on April 20, 1958 authorized a committee 
to study the matter of rotation of Elders. Ralph S. Robinson was 
appointed chairman and the committee reported to the Session on 
August 25, 1958, that the following plan had been recommended: 

1. Elders to serve six years, with two years off before being 
eligible for reelection; that election be held every two years to name 
one-third of Session of 30 members. 

2. Elders now 70 years of age or older continue to serve actively for 
life or as long as members of this church; that all other elders be 
governed by the rotary system. 

3. Recommended that Deacons consider their term of office for six 
years, with two years off before being eligible for reelection. 

4. New plans to go into effect January 1, 1959. 


At a congregational meeting October 12, 1958, hearty approval was 
given to the proposed plans and it was also voted that a nominating 
committee be named to recommend new Elders and Deacons. This 
committee is to be composed of: two Elders, two Deacons, two from the 
Women of the Church and four from the congregation at large. Addi- 
tional nominations would be eligible from the floor, and a written or 
secret ballot would be used in electing officers. 

It was also voted that the present 1960 class of Deacons be extended 
one year; the present class of 1961 be extended for two years and a new 
class of 15 be elected for six years and designated as class of 1965. 

On November 23, 1958, a congregational meeting heard a report 
from W. A. Daniel, chairman of the nominating committee and 
unanimously elected the following: 

Elders, class of 1965: John C. Peden, Charles F. Daniel, Caldwell 
Ragan, Sr., L. G. Alexander, James B. Garland, John A. Wilkins, W. D. 
Lawson, III, Alfred S. Robinson, J. Bynum Carter and M. T. Cameron. 

Deacons, class of 1965: Dr. Randolph Carothers, Dr. Ben M. Drake, 
Peter W. Garland, J. A. Hannon, T. M. Mackorell, Bruce Melvin, S. D. 
Guthrie, J. R. Norris, J. F. Ormand, L. Neale Patrick, T. Craig Watson, 
C. K. Torrence, Sr., Roy P. Warren, J. E. McNair, Wade Williford. 

The current Elders, according to plan, divided into classes by lot 
as follows: 

Life Class: J. L. Kendrick, C. J. Rhodes, Harry Rutter, L. J. 
Shive, J. W. Timberlake, H. G. Winget. 

Class of 1963: M. R. Adams, J. E. Brison, Ralph H. Falls, Robert 
A. Gordon, C. C. Kimbrell, Fred A. Ratchford, Ralph S. Robinson, 
W. R. Sparrow, Fred W. Spurrier, W. L. Wetzell, Jr. 

Class of 1961: T. J. Abernethy, Brice T. Dickson, Ralph A. Dickson, 
Paul P. Kincaid, D. R. LaFar, Fred M. Moss, J. R. McGerrigle, Dane S. 
Rhyne, Fred L. Smyre, Jr., Quay D. Williford. 

Retiring on January 1, 1959: Harry S. Cobb, W. A. Daniel, James 
G. Jackson, Clarke Starnes and Fred M. Waters. 


On November 20, 1955, the congregation voted to increase the 
Board of Deacons from 30 to 45 members by electing 15 members 
year for three years. The following class was then named, and after 
the rotation system for all officers went into effect became the class 
of 1959: R. L. Adams, Jr., John M. Akers, L. G. Alexander, J. L. 
Baxnett, John W. Bolt, M. T. Cameron, F. P. Cooke, Lewis Craig, J. L. 
Hart, H. G. Home, Duke Kimbrell, L. L. McLean, James Rankin, J. N. 
Summerell and C. B. Zeigler. 

Deacons elected November 11, 1956, and who constituted the Class 
of 1961, were: K. A. Bowen, James E. Cashatt, R. O. Crawford, Robert 
E. Caldwell, A. Wilson Dunn, Jr., Lawrence C. Davis, W. B. Garrison, 
Sr., Dr. Stuart Gibbs, L. N. Huffstetler, John C. Mason, Jr., Frank 


Matthews, Dr. H. R. McConnell, John W. Parks, Otis L. Peach, Ernest 
Q. Petrey. 

The 1963 Class of Deacons, elected November 17, 1957, is composed 
of: A. G. Bell, Dr. B. T. Dickson, Jr., Lacy Faust, James B. Garland, 
Roy W. Kelly, Dan S. LaFar, W. D. Lawson, Jr., Charles I. Loftin, Jr., 
Harry Mann, Dr. William M. Patrick, Fred H. Ratchford, Harry Rogers, 
Elmer Templeton, Charles A. Wetzell and Dr. W. L. Woody. 

The December 18, 1960 elections resulted as follows: 

Elders, Class of 1967: Robert L. Adams, K. A. Bowen, Harry Cobb, 
Lacy Faust, Dr. Stuart Gibbs, Ralph Harper, Frank Matthews, Fred H. 
Ratchford, C. K. Torrence, Sr., Charles A. Wetzell. 

Deacons, Class of 1967: John M. Akers, Joe L. Barnett, Dr. W. W. 
Dickson, Robert Jackson, Duke Kimbrell, David LaFar, John C. Mason, 
III, James A. Meek, James McRainey, Larry Petty, J. Sam Query, Ralph 
S. Robinson, Jr., Robert N. Rosebro, Landon Thompson, C. K. Torrence, 

Thus the transition was made from the traditional to a more 
modern type of government, one that has opened new opportunities for 
faithful leaders in the church and which has already resulted in greater 
activity and consecration to duty. 


A strong Sunday school has always been one of the prime objectives 
of the church. During the fifties, every effort was made — and with 
distinct success — to strengthen the program offered and to make it 
available to more and more persons, particularly the young people. 

Ralph H. Falls, who had succeeded Howard Whisnant as superin- 
tendent of the Sunday school, served until the close of 1954 when he 
was succeeded by James B. Garland. His successor was W. D. Lawson, 
III, who served until late in 1959 when Bynum Carter became head of 
the program. 

In 1953, the old manse, which was then idle, was remodeled and a 
number of rooms prepared for Sunday school classes for the young 
people. For about two years, such a program was continued, but 
facilities were not of the best. 

Ralph A. Dickson, chah'man of the Planning and Development 
committee, outlined to the Session on July 10, 1955, plans for extensive 
renovation of the basement dining hall and kitchen areas, and of the 
assembly area in the educational building. 

The subsequent program, completed in the coming few months at 
a cost of more than $17,000.00 resulted in greatly improved facilities 
for the Sunday school. The Henderlite Bible classroom, the assembly 
hall in the educational building heretofore, was converted into three 
classrooms; a nursery and primary department were fitted up; the 
Henderlite class moved to the dining room where a section was fitted 


up for its regular sessions; and the Boy Scout hut, a separate building, 
was also converted into a large classroom. 

In the same year, a rotation plan for Sunday school teachers and 
workers was effected. Under the plan, officers and teachers were to 
be elected each year upon recommendation of the Christian Education 
committee, but would serve only for a. maximum of three years before 
becoming automatically eligible for a leave from the church school for 
one year. 

The Christian Education committee also began annual training 
schools, usually held during the summer, with the CE director and 
others teaching the classes. Courses deal with the church school, its 
literature and materials, church history, ways for better teaching and 
similar items. The schools usually continue for six weeks, and from 
these trained workers and others who have previously completed the 
studies, the CE committee draws teachers and aids for the new Sunday 
school year beginning October 1. 

The rotation system brought temporary retirement at least to a 
number of skilled and valuable teachers, many of whom had served for 
decades at their posts. Included among these were such persons as: 
Mrs. W. Y. Warren, Mrs. Sam Kindley, Mrs. A. L. Sudduth, Robert 
A. Gordon, Fred M. Waters, Mrs. L. J. Shive, Mrs. S. A. Stowe, Mrs. 
R. O. Crawford, Mrs. J. A. Ormand, Mrs Geo. V. Patterson, Mrs. D. E. 
McConnell, Mrs. J. F. Thomson 

However, the program, likewise, opened new challenges and oppor- 
tunities to many others in the church and they have responded generous- 
ly and with outstanding success. The Sunday school today has an 
enrollment of more than 800 with regular attendance around the 500 
mark or better. 

The 1955 program resulted in the dining room becoming a general 
assembly room and the evening vespers were conducted there. There 
were "family night" events, with programs for both old and young. 
Supper was served in the early evening and then the groups separated 
for their programs. 

The suppers were on a contribution basis and generally supported 
themselves. Mrs. Dane Rhyne, hostess, and her aides prepared the 
suppers, abundant and delicious as they were, and service was usually 
of the cafeteria style. 

The kitchen improvements during that period resulted in a "Class A" 
grade and greatly improved facilities. A large part of the modern 
equipment now in use will be transferred to the new church for 
continued use. 

At the same time, the evening midweek services of the church were 
discontinued and a Wednesday noonday vesper service was instituted. 
This period of prayer and study was also a fellowship event, as lunch 
was served, a regular charge being made for such. The meetings were 
held in the dining room and maintained throughout the years a steady 
and fairly large attendance. 

All these programs have added to the spiritual life of the church, 
fellowship among members and stronger ties to God have resulted. With 


new and better facilities in the new church, it is anticipated that more 
comprehensive programs along the same lines will result. 


Throughout the years, the Christian Education committee has been 
responsible for many and varied types of Christian Education with 
the Director of Christian Education as the executive in charge. 

Miss Mary Olive Walker, DRE during the ministry of Mr. Ellis, in 
accordance with church policy, tendered her resignation December 3, 
1950, but was requested to remain on duty until April 1, 1951 or later. 
She continued her work for several months, but left for another field. 

Phil Dunford, student at Columbia Seminary, came here during the 
summer of 1951, to direct the summer program, especially the Vacation 
Bible School, and did a remarkably fine job. He assisted with the 
prea.ching services and was beloved by the congregation. He had aided 
in the church program as chapel minister during the summer of 1950. 

Miss Eubank Taylor of Anderson, S. C, a graduate of Winthrop 
College and the Assembly Training School, and who had taught in the 
public schools, came here July 12, 1953, from her post at Spartanburg, 
S. C, as Director of Religious Education and has done an outstanding 

Not only has she headed numerous programs among the young 
people as well as adults, but she has taught training and leadership 
classes throughout the Synod and at the school in Richmond as well. 
She is one of the directors of the Assembly's Training School and is 
considered an outstanding authority on church schools and allied 
activities. Each summer she conducts training classes for the Pioneer 
groups at the Presbytery's Summer Camp. 

Vacation Bible Schools, Girl Scouts, area training schools, general 
supervision of the Sunday school programs with special emphasis on 
young's people's work, fall within her scope. 

A Christian Day School for kindergarten and first grade youngsters, 
was started in 1948 with the cooperation of four other uptown churches. 
The sessions were held at our church through 1951, then went to the 
First Methodist for a time. Later they were held at our church, and in 
other years at the First Baptist and the First Associate Reformed 
Church. The problem of adequate housing together with growing de- 
mands of kindergartens by several of the individual churches resulted in 
curtailment of the joint program in 1961 with the closing of the joint 
venture set for June 1, 1962. 

However, leaders feel that with the new church soon in operation, 
it is likely that kindergarten classes may be formed under the sponsor- 
ship of this congregation, or other educational facilities added. 

A strong Boy Scout troop has been another successful endeavor 
over the years. 

The increased use of visual aids and audio equipment in the new 
church will add to facilities for religious education. Projectors, re- 


corders, screens, films and other items have been added and will be in 
frequent use, it is planned. 


Music in the church has been one of the programs that has continued 
to attract much attention and support. 

Following' the death in 1949 of the gifted R. J. Wheeler, director of 
music for several years, the late Mrs. E. N. Dozier served in that post 
for some six months. 

Miss Mildred Romer, graduate of the Westminster Choir College at 
Princeton, N. J., was elected Director of Music and aide in the religious 
education and education programs on April 16, 1950 and began work 
June 1 of that year. Considerable enlargement of the choirs resulted, 
and her solo numbers from time to time added to the enrichment of 
religious experiences through music. 

Miss Romer resigned July 15, 1951 to enter the mission field in 
South America. While there, she married a missionary and in the late 
fifties, the family returned to the states and is now living in Virginia. 

Miss Annette McCarter and Tony Emanuel, both graduates of the 
Westminister Choir School, were co-directors for a short time, after 
which Mr. Emanuel handled the program for some months. He resigned 
because of work in a Charlotte church and Mrs. Charles A. Wetzell, a 
member of the choir and gifted soprano, handled the program from 
November 13, 1952 until February 11, 1953 when Herff Applewhite, 
native of Corpus Christi, Texas was employed as music director and 
assistant to the pastor. He had completed a year's special training work 
at Union Seminary at Richmond, Va. and his wife, daughter of Pres- 
byterian missionaries to Mexico, had recently graduated from Flora 
MacDonald College. 

Army service called Mr. Applewhite after about two years of duty 
here and in midyear 1955, Mrs. Roy Warren accepted the post as 
Director of Music. A former teacher of public school music with wide 
background and training, she has led an active and comprehensive pro- 
gram since that time. 

The adult and junior choirs, the singing groups of youngsters in 
several age classifications, add to the regular programs. In addition to 
her work with the choirs, Mrs. Warren also directs the 250-voice Boys' 
choir of the community and is active in music clubs and similar groups. 


A complete set of 25 English-made handbells was given to the 
church in 1959 by an unnamed donor in memory of her daughter, who 
died in infancy. The senior and junior choirs gave a number of pro- 
grams during 1960 and 1961 and sweet music from these unusual 
instruments will be heard often in the coming years. 

The bells were imported from the White Chapel Foundry in London. 

Mrs. W. Ralph Armstrong has been the church organist for approxi- 


mately 15 years. The former Miss Elizabeth Brewer, she taught organ 
at Limestone College, Gaffney, S. C, and Bessie Tift College, Forsyth, 
Ga. She continues organ classes at Limestone in addition to her many 
duties here. 

Mrs. Armstrong is a member of the American Guild of Organists, 
is a graduate of the Gilmant Organ School in New York and has studied 
at the Julliard and Eastman Schools of Music. 

In 1934 the church installed a new Kilgen organ which has been 
enlarged on at least one occasion when Mrs. Armstrong added a chimes 
chord as a memorial to her husband. The organ, after nearly two 
decades of use, is slated for sale after the old church is abandoned, but 
it has rendered sweet and pleasing music through the years. 


The new church will contain a three-manual Casavant Freres 
organ of 47 stops and v/ill be installed at a cost of approximately 
$75,000.00. The organ will consist of four manual divisions and pedal 
and will be encased in a traditional manner. The casework has been 
designed to conform to the contemporary architecture of the church and 
a ruckpositiv is provided on the gallery rail. 

The stoplist was drawn up by Dr. Richard M. Peek, consultant for 
the church and Lawrence I. Phelps, tonal director for Casavant. The 
scheme is based up on basic families of stops and designed both for 
service playing and recital use. 

It is anticipated that this large, handsome and useful instrument 
will have a long life in the new sanctuary and that the gospel will be 
spread through its sweet tones as well as through the spoken word. 


The North Carolina Presbyterian Synod began plans for a modern, 
four-year college during the mid-fifties. Consolidation of Flora Mac- 
Donald, Presbyterian Junior and Peace Colleges was voted, with the 
a.ssets to form a nucleus for the new institution. 

Numerous sites and offers were tendered the trustees with Laurin- 
burg being selected as the location. An intensive campaign for funds 
was made throughout the state and our church participated generously 
with Fred Smyre, Jr., as chairman. 

Dr. Moffett was one of the original trustees and served as secretary 
of the board during the planning stages. He attended the ground break- 
ing at Laurinburg on April 19, 1959. The name "St. Andrews" was 
chosen because of the Presbyterian tradition, the courage and manliness 
of the apostle by that name. The new college, scheduled for opening in 
the fall of 1961, is expected to have an initial student body of 800 and 
will be housed in a multi-million dollar plant constructed along 
modernistic lines. It will feature the humanities and religious philoso- 
phies in its broad curriculum. 



Interest in outposts has continued through the past dozen years. 

Adams Memorial, which became an independent congregation in 
1947, continued to receive aid from our church. Gordon McPherson, 
assistant pastor, also preached at Adams Memorial. On March 25, 1950, 
he resigned to accept a pastorate at Warren, Ark., and on September 3, 
1950, Rev. George T. Brown was called to the pastorate of the Adams 
Memorial and, also, the newly organized Linwood church. Mr. Brown 
resigned in 1953 to become a missionary in Korea and in 1961 was 
appointed president of a Presbyterian-sponsored college in that country. 
Both he and his wife had missionary parents, who had served in Korea, 
and these young Christians had long indicated a desire to return to that 
particular field. 

On October 10, 1953, The Rev. Howard M. Wilson, native of Virginia 
came from a Selma, N. C, pastorate to become pastor at Adams 
Memorial and assist with the work at Piedmont Chapel. He has occupied 
the manse on Vista Drive since then, and in accordance with an agree- 
ment made at that time, the Fiist church continues to assist with his 
salary. The church became a part of the Home Mission program of the 
Presbytery and Synod on January 1, 1960. 

The Linwood church was organized during the pastorate of Mr. 
Ellis. On July 11, 1948, the Session voted the establishment of a church 
in that area when 30 names shall have been affixed to petition that 
Session approve request to Presbytery that Linwood become a separate 
church. Such action came shortly. 

In September of the same year, Dane S. Rhyne, chairman of the 
Home Mission Committee, recommended the purchase of a lot of 
100 x 150 feet on Linwood Avenue for $900 to be home of new church. 
The Session approved and authorized rental of a store building nearby 
as temporary home for the congregation. Regular preaching services 
by Rev. Gordon McPherson started. 

A year later, the First Presbyterian Church authorized a campaign 
for $3,000 for the Linwood church and $2,100 for the Presbytery camp at 
Bear Wallow. 

Linwood continued to receive aid from this church another year 
or two. In September 1950, the deed for the Linwood property was 
transferred to the trustees of that congregation. Regular growth has 
been noted in the intervening years. The modern, brick church that was 
constructed has recently been air-conditioned, a full-time pastor is 
doing good work and the congregation appears to be progressing 

The Piedmont Chapel has had a steady program, but growth has 
been slow. In the few years, devoted work has been by Charles 
A. Moss, J. R. McGerrigle, Mrs. Fred Moss, Mrs. Robert Gordon and 
others with the programs there. Rev. Mr. Wilson is the minister who 
holds regular services. During 1961, vacation Bible school was excep- 
tionally well attended and leaders have been pleased with the increased 
activities and the interest shown. 



The First Presbyterian Church is the largest among the 46 con- 
gregations in the Kings Mountain Presbytery and has always taken 
leadership parts in its programs. 

About one-third of the monetary requirements of the Presbytery 
are usually received from our church and both Dr. Moffett and Dr. 
Brown have served as moderators. Other members have taken active 
parts in various programs. 

Among present leadership members are: J. Bynum Carter, member 
of the Christian Education Committee; W. A. Daniel, member of the 
Church Extension Committee; Peter Woods Garland, member of the 
Stewardship Committee; J. R. McGerrigle, member of Presbytery's 
Council; Mrs. Hugh A. Query, Presbyterial President; Mrs. J. N. Brown, 
Presbyterial Recording Secretary; Mrs. R. W. McCarter, Presbyterial 
Chairman of Church Extension; and Mrs. Fred M. Moss, Presbyterial 
Chairman of White Cross. 


Strong support has been given all types of mission work through- 
out the years and at the present time, the congregation is supporting, 
either in full or part, the following foreign missionaries: Dr. and Mrs. 
Langdon Henderlite, Brazil; Rev. and Mrs. J. Kemp Hobson, Africa; 
Rev. and Mrs. J. A. Mc Alpine, Japan; Rev. and Mrs. C. G. Durham, 
Korea; Rev. and Mrs. A. T. Trimble, Jr., Taiwan. 

From time to time, these missionaries visit the local congregations 
and bring messages of unusual interest and inspiration. 


The Women of the Church, throughout the years, have maintained 
strong and progressive programs which have been marked by real 
devotion to the church and their many causes. 

Mission activities, Montreat, Barium Springs, the Home for the 
Aged — all have had continuous support. In addition, through the 
circles, many church activities have been strengthened by these loyal 
members. Flowers in the chancel, visits to the sick, home services, 
service at dinners and similar meetings have all received their coopera- 
tive efforts. 

The Women of the Church have a $4,500.00 budget for 1961 and it 
is being met through their sacrificial offerings and self-denial pro- 
grams. In keeping with the policy of the Presbyterian Church U. S., 
no money-raising ventures such as fairs, dinners, bazaars or similar 
schemes are undertaken. 

Mrs. Von Hollinger and Mrs. W. L. Wilson were presidents of the 
groups at the close of the Forties. Since then, presidents have been: 
Mrs. O. Douglas Boyce, 1950-51; Mrs. Hugh A. Query, 1952-53; Mrs. 


J. N. Summerell, 1954-55; Mrs. T. L. Wilson, 1956-57; Mrs. W. H. 
Jarman, 1958-59; Mrs. E. L. Patterson, 1960-61. 

Other present officers are: Mrs. W. H. Jarman, first vice president; 
Mrs. James B. Garland, second vice president; Mrs. J. N. Brown, secre- 
tary; Mrs. Fred Upchurch, treasurer; Mrs. T. J. Abernathy, historian. 
Mrs. W. L. Wetzell, Jr., is the president-elect. 

The women in the congregation have been devided into 24 circles 
which meet each month and conduct their own programs in cooperation 
with the general program of the parent organization. 


The Rev. I. M. Ellis, pastor since 1940 and for two years prior, 
assistant pastor and director of music, announced to the congregation 
en December 3, 1950, that he desired to be relieved of his work December 
31. He stated that for more than 12 years, he and his family had 
enjoyed many happy experiences here, but that he felt there was a 
definite need for his talents in the field of religious education. For 
more than six months, he continued, he had had under consideration an 
offer and had accepted new work as Regional Director of Religious 
Education in the Synod of Appalachia, with headquarters in Knoxville, 

The congregation yielded to his request. The final service by Mr. 
Ellis was on December 31, at which time communion was observed, 
appropriate resolutions were read by Hugh A. Query, clerk of the 
session; and title and keys to a new automobile were presented by 
Ralph A. Dickson on behalf of the congregation. 


A Pulpit Committee to seek a new pastor was formed on January 
7, 1951 and composed of the following: Robert A. Gordon and Hugh 
Query, from the session; Caldwell Ragan, W. L. Wetzell, Jr., from the 
diaconate; John M. Akers, M. R. Adams and W. B. Garrison, from the 
congregation; Mesdames Ralph H. Falls, M. B. Wales, D. E. McConnell, 
J. N. Summerell and F. L. Smyre, from the Women of the Church; 
James Boyce Garland and Mrs. A. M. Spencer, Jr., from the young 
people's groups. Mrs. O. D. Boyce, president of the Women of the 
Church, and W. R. Sparrow, a deacon, were added to the committee 
shortly thereafter. 


During World War II the need for church improvements was 
strongly felt, but because of restrictions on building materials, it was 
decided to defer action. 

However, funds were laid aside for such work and with more than 
$38,000 on hand, the committee, headed by D. R. LaFar, had extensive 


renovations done and announced completion of the work in December 
1949. Shortly thereafter, special dedicatory services were held. 

The work included changes in the main auditorium that made for 
better acoustics, both for the preacher and the choir. The organ and 
choir were moved behind the pulpit, transepts were built to the right 
and left of the pulpit; additional Sunday school rooms were built on 
the first and second floors of the annex and larger classrooms were 
provided for some of the adult classes. 


Mr. W. C. Adams, retired Southern Bell Telephone Company mana- 
ger, was elected director of business affairs in February 1951 and 
rendered faithful service for about three years. The church has had no 
such office since that time, but discussions are now being held as to 
advisability of naming someone to a similar post when the new church 
is occupied. 


On March 16, 1960, the Board of World Missions, of which Dr. 
Moffett had been a valued member for years, requested the session to 
permit him to accompany Dr. Darby Fulton, executive secretary, to the 
African (Belgian) Congo. 

Inasmuch as independence was scheduled to come to the Congo on 
June 30, it was felt necessary for leaders to visit the missions there, to 
assist in setting up the work program and help native leaders coordinate 
their activities. The session unanimously agreed to the request. 

The trip by air started March 23 and continued for three weeks. 
Dr. Moffett made many colored slides of the country, the mission 
fields and the work there, of the various areas which ranged from the 
primitive "bush" sections to modern cities. On his return, he lectured 
several times at the church, and later, to other churches in this area, 
and exhibited his color slides. 

With the coming of independence and the resulting* outbreaks, 
many of the fears of these leaders were realized. The mission work, 
disrupted because of violence, destruction of missions in some instances 
and the forced retirement of many missionaries, has had a serious 
set-back, but the leaders are confident that the work will be resumed 
in a short time and will go forward with renewed vigor. 


The cornestone in the old church was removed during the summer 
of 1960 by Chairman Dickson and his Memorials Committee in prepara- 
tion for a cornerstone in the new church. 

The sealed box contained a copy of the church roll, historical data 
and other usual relics, many of which will become a part of the larger 
box of contents for the new plant. 



Mrs. George V. Patterson, one of the most widely known and active 
members of the church, died June 10, 1959, after a sudden illness. For 
half a century or more, she had been a teacher of the Women's Bible 
Class, a leader in local, presbyterial and synodical programs, had been 
state president of the Women of the Church; she had also served on the 
board of directors for the Presbyterian Home for the Aged in High 
Point and had been actively associated with Barium Springs Orphanage. 

For years she had conducted leadership courses at state conferences 
and her keen knowledge of the church and its affairs, her understanding 
of human problems, made her a valued and much-sought instructor. 

She, likewise, had been keenly active in the work of this church and 
for years visited newcomers and members perhaps more than any other 
individual. She had held many church offices with honor and distinction 
and she was widely beloved. 


Two sons of the church have entered the ministry in the past few 

Neely McCarter, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. McCarter, on Novem- 
ber 30, 1947, was accepted and approved by the Session as a candidate 
for the ministry and commended to the care of Presbytery. In 1948, 
while attending Presbyterian College at Clinton, S. C, he served as 
pianist for the glee club. He completed his work there and at Columbia 
Seminary, did further study at the University of Florida while a student 
pastor, and in 1960 earned his Ph. D. degree from Yale University. He 
holds a pastorate in Georgia. 

Thomas Lee Wilson, Jr., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Wilson, 
was accepted by the session as a candidate for the ministry on September 
12, 1952. He did his schooling at Erskine College, finished his seminary 
work and is now pastor of a church at Columbia, Tenn. 


Because of business congestions and the general trend to place 
ministers and their families away from the church, it was decided in 
eaxly 1951 that a new manse should be sought for the soon-to-come new 

Ralph A. Dickson, chairman of the Manse Committee recommended 
to the Session on February 10, 1952, that the congregation purchase 
the William Conn home in Hillcrest as a home for ministers. The con- 
gregation approved the purchase, the cost was $32,500 with $1,500 
credited by the Conns as a contribution to the church. 

The lovely two-story home was completely renovated, an additional 
room added and other improvements made at cost of $5,000. This figure 
did not include many generous gifts from members who preferred to 


remain anonymous and who added such things as wall-to-wall carpeting, 
air conditioners and draperies and curtains. 

The Women of the Church took charge of the interior decorating 
prior to the arrival of the Moffetts and rendered invaluable service in 
making the new home a place of beauty and convenience. 

Appreciation of the congregation was extended to Dane and Fred 
Rhyne, on February 22, 1948, for their generous gift of a large lot on 
Vista Drive on which to construct a manse for an assistant pastor. 
The gift was a memorial to the late parents of these two churchmen. 

Dane Rhyne presented recommendations of a Building Committee 
regarding construction of the manse. The committee was authorized to 
proceed and the building was erected and partly furnished in the coming 
months at cost of $14,500. 

The Rev. and Mrs. Gordon A. McPherson and their small daughter 
first occupied the manse on August 5, 1948. 


The beautiful, hand embrodiered communion cloth used since the 
first of 1957 was a gift from missionaries in Brazil. Mrs. Ralph A. 
Dickson, who had charge of the communion linen for years, was advised 
in the fall of 1956 that the cloth was underway and it arrived in 
December to be used at the first communion service in 1957. Dr. and 
Mrs. Langdon Henderlite, missionaries under support from our church, 
provided the cloth which was about a year in the making. Of hand- 
woven lace, embrodiered by hand, much beautiful and intricate work was 
involved in its making and today, it adds to the beauty and dignity of 

Miss Hattie Stowe, veteran primary teacher in the city schools and 
now retired, directed the teaching of the Child's Catechism for many 
years as a part of her work in the primary department of the Sunday 
schools. Literally, hundreds of youngsters have taken pride throughout 
the years in appearing before the church, usually around Easter, to 
receive this Testament and the silver dollar given to each who had 
learned this bit of Christian literature and to receive the plaudits of 
the minister and congregation. 

Miss Stowe has also rendered valuable service as a member of the 
choir and fills her usual role with regularity. 

The tall, graceful stained glass windows in the old church were 
memorials to pioneers in the church and community and were donated by 
their families in lasting remembrance of their deeds. Each window 
bore a nameplate to commemorate one or more families which had been 
prominent and faithful in the service of the church. 

With the passing of the old church, these windows will likewise 
pass, but some families have requested that they be permitted to have 
the windows as remembrances, or for some other types of memorials. 


The Singles and Doubles class, composed of younger adults, changed 
its name to the Ellis Bible Class in honor of The Rev. I. M. Ellis, former 
pastor who assisted in its formation. In recent years, it has become the 
largest class in the church and from its members are drawn a large 
number of teachers in all departments of the Sunday school. 

The Vanguard Bible Class, in the fall of 1957, changed its name to 
the Eunice Warren Bible Class in honor of Mrs. W. Y. Warren, organizer 
and teacher for 44 years. Mrs. Warren was honored at a special meeting 
of the class, tributes were paid and best wishes given as she retired 
from active duty. 

The Nellie Warren and the Herald Bible classes, two of the honored 
women's groups in the Sunday school, were merged about 1955 and 
became known as the Women's Bible class. 

A large room in the Sunday school section, now known as the 
"church parlor", was handsomely fitted up. Dr. James Lee Love, native 
of this city and textile tycoon, made donations totaling around $5,000.00 
for furnishings for this area. These included a baby grand piano, wall- 
to-wall carpeting, 30 ladder back chairs, a handsome and unique break- 
front, lamps, and other items. Two leather-upholstered divans and four 
chairs of matching type were included. 

Portraits of former teachers, beautiful desks and altar stand, were 
also contributed. 

Dr. Love's furnishings were in memory of his mother, Mrs. R. C. G. 
Love and his niece, Mrs. George V. Patterson, who taught the Nellie 
Warren class for more than a quarter of a century. 

Mrs. Mamie Love Glenn of Lincolnton, contributed a Swiss clock, 
silver bowl and two large mirrors as memorials to her father, R. C. G. 
Love, and in honor of Mrs. Patterson. 

Mrs. P. R. Falls, in honor of the Women's Bible class, contributed a 
picture: "The Last Supper". Mrs. James Lee Love gave an oil painting 
of her husband; while Dr. Love gave a portrait of his mother. 

The Nellie Warren Bible class added portraits of: Mrs. R. P. Smith, 
Mrs. R. C. Warren and Miss Lottie Warren. 

The Herald Bible class provided portraits of: Mrs. S. A. Kindley and 
Mrs. J. F. Thomson. 

On behalf of the Nellie Warren Bible class, Mrs. Hugh A. Query 
contributed a portrait of Mrs. George V. Patterson. 

The Rev. and Mrs. J. A. McAlpine, missionaries, who have had a 
long connection with the church, added a Japanese print. 

The handsomely furnished classroom brought together two of the 
most active and energetic groups in the church and their programs of 
activity continue unabated. 

With removal to the new church, many of these furnishings will be 
utilized in the room for the Session, in the lounges and at other strategic 
spots and will bring joy and inspiration for many years to come. 

Folk games and folk dances, including the square dance, were 





Associate Pastor 


authorized by the Session following requests from the Young People's 
council in February 1949. Session voted that such games and dancing 
would be allowed under proper supervision and auspices. In the coming 
years, groups of the young people, along with many of their 'elders', 
enjoyed these privileges on frequent occasions. 

Miss Bess Jackson, native of Gastonia, has been the beloved a.nd 
efficient church secretary for more than two decades. She knows the 
members of the church, affairs of the congregation, church history and 
the workings of the church perhaps better than anyone in the group and 
is widely beloved for her pleasing manner and courteous and efficient 

"The Beacon", the church bulletin and news letter, goes out each 
week to every family in the congregation and is a valuable source of 
material as well as a means of conveying information to members. 

Mr. B. B. Gardner and Miss Mary Waxren were the first couple 
to be married in the old church, which was started in May 1895 and 
first occupied in February 1896. Their wedding was soon thereafter 
culminated and throughout the years, the Gardner and Warren families 
have been prominent in many activities, not only in the church but 
throughout the community. 

Children of this couple — Miss Sarah Gardner and Warren Gardner, 
are active in the church. 

Mr. B. B. Gardner set a record of 25 consecutive years of perfect 
attendance at the Henderlite Bible class before ill health forced a break 
in his career in the early fifties. 

Mrs. Dane S. Rhyne, church hostess for more than 20 years, tendered 
her resignation in late 1960 to the regret of the entire congregation. An 
unusually fine cook in her own right as well as an efficient and 
accommodating church hostess, she had prepared and served thousands 
of tasty meals during those years. From a small number of meals 
served once in a while to circles and small groups, her duties increased 
greatly. When Wednesday noonday vespers with lunch were instituted 
and the evening vespers on Sunday replaced the night meetings, lunches 
and suppers were served in great quantities. 

With efficient help in the kitchen, Mrs. Rhyne always rose to the 
occasion, despite many events at which numbers of those attending were 
uncertain, and no one ever went away hungry. Many persons will recall 
for a long time to come the varied menus, the tasty, delicious and 
abundant meals that were always served. 

With the opening of the new church, expected increases in demands 
for dinner meetings and such, and with a desire to devote more time to 
her family, Mrs. Rhyne's request for a replacement was agreed upon — 
but most reluctantly! 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Gordon tendered their resignations in 
April 1954, effective July 1, as directors and advisors of the Senior 


High Young- People's group. For more than ten years, this devoted 
couple had given generously of their time and efforts in advising the 
young people, had opened their home to them on all occasions, and each 
Sunday evening saw large groups gathered at their home for songs, 
cookies and good fellowship. 

During the war, Mrs. Gordon was especially adept in writing to 
former members of the group and in keeping them in contact with the 
church and its affairs. Mrs. Gordon, likewise, was a teacher in the 
Sunday School for many years. 

Mr. Gordon, an Elder for more than a decade, Clerk of the Session 
for a long period, and teacher of the Henderlite Bible Class for years 
and years, was like a "father" to the young men who came under his 
influence. Through his efforts, a cabin was erected on the Catawba 
river lake and for years, until the property was reclaimed by the power 
company, outdoor and lake events were a regular part of the young 
people's programs. Retreats, with emphasis on Christian living, outdoor 
sports and "eats'" were regular affairs. The impact of the Christian 
virtues, Christian living and Christian lives of the Gordons will be 
felt in the church for generations to come. 

The Session, in accepting their resignations from their field of 
service, passed resolutions of regret and appreciation at the generous 
work done over a long period of years. 

The radio ministry of the church began with the first Sunday in 
July 1954. In June of that year the Session voted to move the morning 
service from 11 o'clock to 9 A. M., so that the service could be broad- 
cast over radio station WGNC for the coming two months. So successful 
was the initial program that it has continued without interruption and 
every effort is being made to maintain this choice spot on the radio dial. 

Later in 1954, the Session voted to hold two morning services — one 
at 9 A. M., and the other at 11 A. M. — and except for summer months, 
when only one service has been held, that program has been continued. 

In order to care for programs when snows or bad weather forced 
cancellation of church services, the radio station has kept on hand a 
taped service and sermon so that the radio audience might not be 
deprived of the Sunday morning program. 

The radio ministry has proven to be such an effective phase of the 
religious life of the community that its operation has become a regular 
and stated part of the church budget each year since its inauguration. 

The four huge, beauiful water oaks alongside the old church are 
massive specimens which were set out in 1897 while little saplings some 
three or four inches in diameter. Feet-instead of inches — better describe 
these handsome trees of today due to their growth for the past 64 years 
and it saddens the hearts of many that these will soon fall as demolition 
of the church and excavation of the grounds follow. 

The trees were planted by Mr. Joe Ratchford of the New Hope 
section, father of the Rev. Raymond Ratchford, for years pastor of 
Goshen church; and his brother, the late Mr. E. E. Ratchford, father of 


Mrs. Coit E. Rhyne. Descendants of the Ratchford families are still 
prominent in the life of the church. 

Two other large water oaks, likely set out a few years later, stood 
on each side of the entrance to the manse. One fell during a severe 
windstorm in the mid-fifties, the other was removed when the city 
excavated a part of the lot in 1960 to make a parking lot. 

The big trees around the church have brought much shade and 
comfort to the congregation as members assembled in small groups for 
friendly gatherings during the hot, summer days. 

The "class under the trees" was often discussed as men gathered 
after church and during Sunday school hours and became so engrossed 
in topics of the day that they failed to report to their class! Never- 
theless, the practice continued and observers continued their pithy re- 
marks as to its value. 

The extensive plantings of shrubbery around the old church grounds 
and the ivy-covered tower, as well as the massive trees, reminds lovers 
of the beautiful that these things cannot be achieved quickly. Time is 
required for all plantings to achieve their growth and mellowness and 
the years have brought a maturity to the plantings around the old 
church which will be missing at first from the new surroundings. 

However, a number of natural trees are on the Kendrick Drive 
grounds, landscape artists are already at work planning for additional 
trees, shrubbery, grass and flowers which, in a relatively few years, 
will erase the newness of the spot and will add ever-increasing beauty 
and color. Generations to come will derive widespread pleasure from 
these plantings of today and, doubtless, trees will be able to live out 
their natural lives so well has the new church and its surroundings been 
planned and developed. 


The Gallant sisters — Miss Pearl, Mrs. S. A. Robinson and Mrs. 
P. R. Huffstetler, were lifelong and active members of the congregation. 
Their old home stood at the corner of Franklin and Marietta just 
across the street from the church and where a service station now is 

Miss Pearl, long a primary teacher in the city schools, operated a 
private school for beginners for several years after her retirement from 
the public schools. She was for many years a valued teacher in the 
Sunday school and was busy with musical programs also. 

"Miss Bess", as Mrs. Huffstetler was best known, and "Miss Sue", 
the name by which Mrs. Robinson was often called, were likewise held 
in deep affection by the church. Regular attendants at the various 
services were they, and they also had leading parts through the years in 
women's activities and other affairs. 

"Camp Gallant", the large, two-story home at Montreat, was open 
summer after summer to Gastonians and many members of the church 


and other friends, found delightful accommodations there while attend- 
ing conferences or enjoying vacations in the mountains. Oftimes, young 
people's groups were also welcomed there and they, as well as many 
adults, have happy memories of "Camp Gallant". 

All three have now passed on. "Miss Pearl" died in the early fifties; 
"Miss Bess" a few years later and "Miss Sue" near the close of the 

An impressive service was held Sunday, March 12, 1961, honoring 
Mr. Harry Eutter who has been an Elder of this church for half a 
century. Dr. J. N. Brown, chairman of the committee, presented Mr. 
Rutter to the congregation at the 11 o'clock service and John A. Wilkins, 
Elder, read a paper evaluating the excellent and devoted work of Mr. 
Rutter as he served over the years. Mr. and Mrs. Rutter have been out- 
standing leaders in the church since they came here as bride and groom 
in 1902. Mr. Rutter, former city engineer, is now retired. 

The large, two-story white manse at the corner of Franklin and 
Marietta and adjacent to the church, was built in 1905 at a total of 
$4,000. Before completion, another $1,000 was authorized for adding a 
"piazza", building a barn for the pastor's horse and some furnishings 
and construction of a basement. 

The manse served pastors until the retirement of Mr. Ellis. After 
a year or two of idleness, it was converted into Sunday school quarters. 
However, in 1955, when the main educational building of the church was 
renovated and additional rooms provided for classes, the manse was 
torn away and the grounds leveled for parking purposes. 

In 1960, following purchase by the city of the church properties, 
the area formerly occupied by the manse, was graded to street level, 
it was paved and parking meters installed by the city. In a few months 
after the congregation moves to its new church, the remaining property 
will, likewise, become a parking area, according to present plans. 

An unusual occurrence was recorded late in December 1960. J. W. 
Timberlake, who had given devoted service to the church for a long 
period, and who had been an Elder since 1926, passed away after a long 
illness. His funeral was held at 11 o'clock on December 26. An hour 
later, his wife dropped dead at their home and was buried the following 
day beside her husband. Mrs. Timberlake, much beloved and also very 
active in the church, is deeply mourned. 

Other valued Elders also died during the decade just ended. Included 
among them were: 

Hugh A. Query, in August 1952. He had been an Elder since 1942, 
was first elected a Deacon in 1926, had served as Clerk of the Session 
for several years, and had written a comprehensive history of the 
church in 1948. 

Ed C. Adams, first named Deacon in 1926 and Elder in 1940, died 
suddenly February 19, 1956. He had been especially active in the 
Christian Day school. 

P. W. Garland, elected in 1919, died December 20, 1957, after 38 
years of valued service. For a decade or more he taught the Men's 
Bible class. 

Fred Spurrier, named Deacon in 1937 and Elder in 1946, passed 
away December 27, 1959. 


Throughout the years, outstanding Elders have served as Clerks of 
the Session. 

Robert A. Gordon held this office from 1946 until his resignation 
in the late forties. 

Hugh A. Query was then elected Clerk and served until his death in 
1952. On September 7, 1952, James G. Jackson became Clerk and served 
until Fred A. Ratchford was named as his successor on January 16, 
1955. Mr. Ratchford is still the Clerk and faithful in his duties. 


The question of union of the Presbyterian Church of the U. S. with 
the northern branch and another allied group was vigorously debated by 
the Session and throughout the church during 1955 when the issue was 
before the entire denomination. The First Presbyterian's Session voted 
15-14 for union. The issue was denied by the whole denomination and 
has not been revived to current date. 

During 1951 and a part of 1952 when the church was without a 
regular pastor, the pulpit was filled by eminent visitors. Among these 
were: Dr. John R. Cunningham, president of Davidson College and Dr. 
J. McDowell Richards, president of Columbia Seminary. 

Dr. Ernest Beaty of Davidson College, professor of languages and 
ordained minister, served for a six-months' period and brought learned 
messages. His discourses might well have been delivered in their entirety 
in Latin, Greek or German so proficient was he in these languages. 




Gastonia, N. C. 

OCTOBER 15, 1961 

Abernathy, Ben E. 
Abernathy, Mrs. Ben E. 
Abernathy, Thomas J. 
Abernathy, Mrs. Thomas J. 
Abernethy, Mrs. Minnie 
Adams, David S. 
Adams, Mrs. David S. 
Adams, Mrs. Ed C. 
Adams, Lacy E. 
Adams, Mrs. Maida M. 
Adams, Minor R., Jr. 
Adams, Mrs. Minor R., Jr. 
Adams, Minor R., Ill 
Adams, William Preston 
Adams, Robert L. 
Adams, Mrs. Robert L. 
Adams, Dr. Simeon H. 
Adams, Mrs. Mimeon H. 
Adams, W. C. 
Adams, Mrs. W. C. 
Akers, John M. 
Akers, Mrs. John M. 
Alexander, I. N. 
Alexander, Mrs. I. N. 
Alexander, Leon G. 
Alexander, Mrs. Leon G. 
Alexander, Raymond 
Alexander, James 
Alexander, L. George, Jr. 
Alexander, Miss Margaret J. 
Alexander, Ralph S. 
Alexander, Mrs. Ralph S. 
Allen, William 
Ameen, John 
Ameen, Mrs. John 
Amor, H. L. 
Amor, Mrs. H. L. 
Anderson, Miss Emma 
Andrews, Edgar M. 

Andrews, Mrs. Edgar M. 
Armstrong, Mrs. W. Ralph 
Atwood, Jesse W. 
Atwood, Mrs. Jesse W. 

Baber, Otto 0. 
Baber, Mrs. Otto 0. 
Baird, Charles L. 
Banner, B. G. 
Banner, Mrs. B. G. 
Barnett, Joseph L. 
Barnett, Mrs. Joseph L. 
Barnhill, Robert H. 
Barnhill, Mrs. Robert H. 
Beam, Mrs. Margaret R. 
Beasley, Mrs. Alice Starnes 
Beasley, Marvin 
Belk, Carol 
Belk, Hubert Barclay 
Belk, Mrs. Hubert Barclay 
Belk, Sally Lynn 
Belk, Olin B. 
Belk, Mrs. Olin B. 
Bell, A. Gilbert 
Bell, Mrs. A. Gilbert 
Bell, Franke Ann 
Belton, James B. 
Belton, Mrs. James B. 
Belton, James B., Jr. 
Belton, Walter D., Jr. 
Belton, Mrs. Walter D., Jr. 
Belton, Joyce Lake 
Bennett, Mrs. Emily Moss 
Bergmann, Russell 
Berryman, John M., Jr. 
Berryman, Mrs. John M., Jr. 
Blaine, Mrs. Walter A. 
Blaine, Walter A., Jr. 
Blaine, Mrs. Walter A., Jr. 


Blaine, Laura Jean 
Blakely, David 
Blakely, Mrs. David 
Blumenberg, Mrs. Paula 
Boren, Charles K. 
Bossarman, Ramsey C. 
Bosserman, Mrs. Ramsey C. 
Bosserman, Lucy Mae 
Bosserman, Dolly Virginia 
Bowen, K. A. 
Bowen, Mrs. K. A. 
Boyce, Dr. 0. Douglas 
Boyce, Mrs. 0. Douglas 
Boyce, 0. Douglas, Jr. 
Boyce, James 
Boyce, Robert 
Boyles, Robert Calvin 
Bragg, R. Charles 
Bragg, Mrs. R. Charles 
Bracey, James 
Braumiller, Jack 
Braumiller, Mrs. Jack 
Brice, Robert S. 
Brice, Robert S., Jr. 
Brison, J. Ed 
Brison, Mrs. J. Ed 
Brison, John E., Jr. 
Brison, Mrs. John E., Jr. 
Brison, Mrs. Lee L. 
Brockman, Thomas M. 
Brockman, Mrs. Thomas M. 
Brockman, Mrs. Zoe Kincaid 
Brooks, C. C. 
Brooks, Mrs. C. C. 
Brooks, Jean 
Brown, Mrs. J. N. 
Brown, Margaret 
Brown, Mrs. James Samuel 
Brown, S. James 
Brown, Mrs. S. James 
Brown, S. James, Jr. 
Brown, Donald Floyd 
Brown, Michael 
Bryant, Hugh F. 
Bryant, Mrs. Hugh F. 
Burns, Melvin 
Burns, Mrs. Melvin 
Burns, Tommy 
Bynum, M. R. 
Bynum, Mrs. M. R. 

Cabiness, Henry C. 
Cabiness, Mrs. Henry C. 
Calder, Mrs. Duncan G., Sr. 
Caldwell, Miss 
Caldwell, Miss Estelle 
Caldwell, Dana J. 
Caldwell, R. Eugene 
Caldwell, Robert E. 
Caldwell, Mrs. Robert E. 
Caldwell, Joan Wanda (Penny) 
Caldwell, W. H. 
Caldwell, Mrs. W. H. 
Caldwell. William H., Jr. 
Caldwell, Susan 
Cameron, M. T. 
Cameron, Mrs. M. T. 
Cameron, Jane Allison 
Cannon, David 
Cannon, Mrs. David 
Carothers, Miss Edmonia 
Carothers, Miss Janie Mae 
Carothers, Randolph 
Carothers, Mrs. Randolph 
Carpenter, Mrs. James E. 
Carpenter, Mrs. Mary R. 
Carroll, Mrs. W. J. 
Carter, J. Bynum 
Carter, Mrs. J. Bynum 
Cashatt, James E. 
Cashatt, Mrs. James E. 
Cashatt, Rebecca Louise 
Cashatt, Jo Ann 
Cathey, Mrs. F. A., Jr. 
Cathey, John 
Cathey, Mrs. L. M. 
Cathey, Miss Justus 
Cathey, Gerald 
Cathey, Joyce 
Cathey, Wilton 
Ca.they, Mrs. Wilton 
Cathey, Thomas 
Cherrv, Mrs. Ralph B. 
Cherry, Ruth Irene 
Cherry, James Ralph 
Clemmer, Audrey M. 
Clemmer, Mrs. Audrey M. 
Clemmer, George Montrose 
Clemmer, Barbara Frances 
Cline, Bill D. 
Cline, Mrs. Bill D. 


Cline, H. B. 
Cline, Mrs. H. B. 
Cobb, Harry S. 
Cobb, Mrs. Harry S. 
Cook, John 
Cook, Mrs. John 
Cooke, Frank P. 
Cooke, Mrs. Frank P. 
Cooke, Anne 
Copeland, Miss Georgia 
Craig', Mrs. J. Lesesne 
Craig, Mrs. R. C. 
Craig, Mrs. W. B. 
Craig, William Lewis 
Craig, Mrs. William Lewis 
Craig, William Lewis, Jr. 
Crawford, James 
Crawford, Mrs. R. 0. 
Crosby, Mrs. Bryan 
Cruse, Denton W. 
Cruise, Mrs. Denton W. 
Cruse, Denton W., Jr. 
Cruse, Parks 
Currence, Mrs. John L. 
Currence, R. Carl 
Cuirence, Mrs. R. Carl 
Currence, George Robert 
Curry, Mrs. Minnie H. 

Davis, Dr. Jefferson 
Davis, Mrs. Jefferson 
Davis, Thomas J. 
Davis, Frances 
Dailey, Mrs. George 
Daniel, Charles F. 
Daniel, Mrs. Charles F. 
Daniel, Wesley A. 
Daniel, Mrs. Wesley A. 
Daniel, Betty 
Davidson, Miss Cora 
Davidson, Isaac F. 
Davidson, Mrs. Isaac 
Davis, Cecil H. 
Davis, Mrs. Cecil H. 
Davis, Mrs. Flay 
Davis, Frank W. 
Davis, Mrs. Frank W. 
Davis, Lawrence C. 
Davis, Mrs. Lawrence C. 
Davis, Sharon 

Davis, Philip A. 
Davis, Mrs. Philip A. 
Davis, Mrs. Thomas C. 
Davis, Marilyn 
Davis, Jerilyn Glenn 
Dellinger, Mrs. Floyd 
Dent, Claude E. 
Dent, Mrs. Claude E. 
Dickey, C. M. 
Dickey, Mrs. C. M. 
Dickson, Brice T. 
Dickson, Mrs. Brice T. 
Dickson, Dr. Brice T., Jr. 
Dickson, Mrs. Brice T., Jr. 
Dickson, Stephen Lynn 
Dickson, Paul R. 
Dickson, Mrs. Paul R. 
Dickson, Paula 
Dickson, Ralph A. 
Dickson, Mrs. Ralph A. 
Dickson, Dr. Walter W. 
Dickson, Mrs. Walter W. 
Dixon, Lee 
Dixon, Mrs. Lee 
Dixon, Mrs. W. Jack 
Dixon, R. Lee 
Dixon, W. Patrick 
Dobbins, Mrs. Martha C. 
Drake, Dr. Ben M. 
Drake, Mrs. Ben M. 
Drake, Mary Louise 
Dunagin, Brice R. 
Dunagin, Mrs. Brice R. 
Dunagin, Joyce Marie 
Dunn, A. W. 
Dunn, Mrs. A. W. 
Dunn, Julia Mae 
Dunn, A. Wilson, Jr. 
Dunn, Mrs. A. Wilson, Jr. 

Eaves, Mrs. Mattie Alexander 
Edwards, Mrs. H. D. 
Efird, Hoyle T. 
Efird, Mrs. Hoyle T. 
Efird, Thomas David 
Estridge, Mrs. James 
Etheredge, James L. 
Etheredge, Mrs. James L. 
Eyler, Charles E. 
Evler, Mrs. Charles E. 


Eyler, Charles E., Ill 
Eyler, Brenda 

Falls, Mrs. Harry 
Falls, Mrs. Helen Spurrier 
Falls, Elizabeth 
Falls, David 
Falls, John Rankin 
Falls, Mrs. John Rankin 
Falls, Miss Rebecca 
Falls, Ralph Holland 
Falls, Mrs. Ralph Holland 
Falls, Ralph Holland, Jr. 
Fa,ust, Lacy S. 
Faust, Mrs. Lacy S. 
Fayssoux, Mrs. Will I. 
Fearrington, Thomas H. 
Fearrington, Mrs. Thomas H. 
Ferguson, Benjamin E. 
Ferguson, Mrs. Benjamin E. 
Ferguson, Benjamin Allen 
Ferguson, Mrs. Ross 
Ferris, Coy Joe 
Ferris, Mrs. Coy Joe 
Findley, James H. 
Finnell, Mrs. Merle C. 
Finnell, Fred 
Finnell, Kay 

Fogarty, Mrs, Rose Wilson 
Ford, Lawrence R. 
Ford, Mrs. Lawrence R. 
Ford, William Henry 
Forrest, William G. 
Forrest, Mrs. William G. 
Fort, Mrs. C. H. 
Freeman, Parmer 
Freeman, Mrs. Parmer 
French, Dean A. 
French, Mrs. Dean A. 
Froneberger, Mrs. R. A. 

Gardner, Miss Sarah Margaret 
Gardner, Walter A. 
Gardner, Mrs. Walter A. 
Gardner, Warren Y. 
Gardner, Mrs. Warren Y. 
Garland, James Boyce 
Garland, Mrs. James Boyce 
Garland, Peter Woods 
Garland, Mrs. Peter Woods 

Garland, Kathleen 

Garlington, J. H. 

Garlington, Mrs. J. H. 

Gannon, Mrs. Mary K. 

Garmon, William Perry 

Garrison, W. B. 

Garrison, Mrs. W. B. 

Garrison, L. Synder 

Garrison, M. Lee 

Garrison, W. B., Jr. 

Garrison, Mrs. W. B., Jr. 

Gettys, Frank C. 

Gettys, Joseph 

Gettys, Mrs. Joseph 

Gibbs, Dr. Stuart W. 

Gibbs, Mrs. Stuart W. 

Gibbs, Ann Bowen 

Gilbert, Willaxd S. 

Gilbert, Mrs. Willard S. 

Giles, Mrs. H. M. 

Giles, Harry Mac, Jr. 

Giles, Mrs. Harry Mac, Jr. 

Giles, Larry Miles 

Giles, James Allen 

Giles, R. William 

Giles, Mrs. R. William 

Giles, Robert Glenn 

Glenn, Miss Carrie L. 

Glenn, Mrs. George C. 

Glenn, Dr. H. F. 

Glenn, Mrs. H. F. 

Glenn, Martha 

Glenn, John David 

Glenn, Mrs. John David 

Glenn, John David, Jr. 

Glenn, John Lucius (Jay) 

Goforth, E. E. 

Goforth, Mrs. E. E. 

Gordon, Robert A. 

Gordon, Mrs. Robert A. 

Gordon, John Boyd 

Gordon, Robert Andrew, Jr. 

Gordon, Mrs. Robert Andrew, Jr, 

Gray, Robert J. 

Gray, Mrs. Robert J. 

Gray, Robert J., Jr. 

Gray, Ann 

Gray, Patricia 

Gray, Richard Kelly 

Green, Irvin A. 



, Mrs. Irvin A. 


, Mrs. Norris 


Harry G. 


Mrs. Harry G. 




Eleanor Kennedy 


Roger M. 


Mrs. Roger M. 


Mrs. V. G. 




T. G. 


, A. F. 


Mrs. A. F. 


Alfred, Jr. 


, Mrs. S. G. 



Grigg, Mrs. Reggie 
Groves, David McLees 

Hackney, Robert D. 
Hackney, Mrs. Robert D. 
Hannon, James A. 
Hannon, Mrs. James A. 
Hannon, Carrie 
Hannon, James William 
Hardin, C. D. 
Hardin, Mrs. C. D. 
Harmon, C. C. 
Harmon, Mrs. C. C. 
Harmon, C. C., Jr. 
Harmon, Miss Ida 
Harper, Mrs. H. H. 
Harper, Ralph R. 
Harper, Mrs. Ralph R. 
Harper, R. Ragan, Jr. 
Harris, John P. 
Harris, Mrs. John P. 
Harrison, Charles A. 
Harrison, Mrs. Charles A. 
Harrison, Cheryl Kathleen 
Harrison, Charles Allen, II 
Harrison, F. Brad 
Harrison, Mrs. F. Brad 
Hart, J. L. 
Hart, Mrs. J. L. 
Hawkins, Mrs. Jennie L. 
Hawkins, Charles B. 
Hayes, Miss OUie 
Hayes, Miss Rubye 
Henderson, Mrs. Annie Lee 

Henderson, Richard H. 
Henderson, Mrs. Richard H. 
Henderson, Mary Margaret 
Henkle, Robert 
Henley, Mrs. Myrtle H. 
Henry, George F., Jr. 
Henry, Mrs. George F., Jr. 
Herman, George 
Herman, Mrs. George 
Heustess, C. L. 
Heustess, Mrs. C. L. 
Heustess, Martha 
Hileman, J. W. 
Hileman, Mrs. J. W. 
Hill, P. G. 
Hill, Mrs. P. G. 
Hill, Richard 
Hoffman, Kermit 
Holland, George C. 
Holland, Mrs. George C. 
Hollinger, Von W. 
Hollinger, Mrs. Von W. 
Holt, Allen N. 
Holt, Mrs. Allen N. 
Hood, Mrs. S. J. 
Home, H. G. 
Home, Mrs. H. G. 
Home, H. Graydon, Jr. 
Horne, Charles A. 
Howard, Vance 
Howard, Mrs. Vance 
Howe, Dan Charlton 
Howe, Mrs. Dan Charlton 
Howe, Miss Mary John 
Huffstetler, Ashley Cooper 
Huffstetler, Miss Elizabeth 
Huffstetler, Miss Jennie Meek 
Huffstetler, Harold H. 
Huffstetler, Mrs. Harold H. 
Huffstetler, Howard 
Huffstetler, Miss Cora S. 
Huffstetler, Lawrence N. 
Huffstetler, Mrs. Lawrence N. 
Huffstetler, Alice Ashley 
Huffstetler, Parks Reid, III 
Hunnicutt, Mrs. Richard 
Hunter, John Allen, Jr. 
Hunter, Mrs. John Allen, Jr. 
Hull, Mrs. F. Irvin 
Hunter, Miss Nancy White 


Hunter, W. Eugene 
Hunter, Mrs. W. Eugene 
Hutchinson, Mrs. Edwin 

Jackson, Miss Bess P. 
Jackson, Miss Edith 
Jackson, Mrs. Earl E. 
Jackson, Earl E., Jr. 
Jackson, Louise 
Jackson, Mildred 
Jackson, Mrs. Herbert C. 
Jackson, James G. 
Jackson, Mrs. James G. 
Jackson, James G., Jr. 
Jackson, Miss Mary C. 
Jackson, Judith Phylis 
Jackson, Samuel Philip 
Jackson, Mrs. Robert A. 
Jackson, Robert N. 
Jackson, Mrs. Robert N. 
Jarman, Mrs. William H. 
Jarman, William H., Jr. 
Jarman, Richard Rankin 
Johnson, Robert E. 
Jonhson, Mrs. Robert E. 
Johnston, Rufus M. 
Johnston, Mrs. Rufus M. 
Johnston, Mrs. Rufus M., Jr. 
Johnston, R. Manfred, III 
Johnston, Mrs. R. Manfred, III 
Johnstone, Amos C. 
Johnstone, Mrs. Amos C. 
Johnstone, Margaret 
Jones, Mrs. Lawrence G. 
Jones, David 
Jones, Dr. William M. 
Jones, W. McConnell, Jr. 
Jones, John 

Kale, A. A. 
Kale, Mrs. A. A. 
Kale, Mary B. 
Kaneer, Mrs. Minnie 
Kaneer, Miss Aline 
Keigley, Mrs. William 
Kelly, R. J. 
Kelly, Mrs. R. J. 
Kelly, Richard Y. 
Kelly, Roy W. 
Kelly, Mrs. Roy W. 

Kelly, Margaret Ann 
Kelly, Roy William, Jr. 
Kendrick, C. Leonard 
Kendrick, Mrs. C. Leonard 
Kendrick, J. L. 
Kendrick, Mrs. J. L. 
Kendrick, Martha 
Kendrick, Mrs. Ralph 
Kendrick, Miss Emily 
Kendrick, Ralph, Jr. 
Kendrick, Mrs. Ralph, Jr. 
Kendrick, Priscilla Ann 
Kessell, Frederick Charles 
Kimbrell, C. C. 
Kimbrell, Mrs. C. C. 
Kimbrell, Duke 
Kimbrell, Mrs. Duke 
Kincaid, Gordon 
Kincaid, Mrs. Gordon 
Kincaid, Paul P. 
Kincaid, Mrs. Paul P. 
Kincaid, Paul P., Jr. 
Kincaid, Mrs. Paul P., Jr. 
Kindley, Samuel A. 
Kindley, Mrs. Samuel A. 
Kindley, S. Glenn 
King, Mrs. Allen 
King, Allen Grady, Jr. 
Kluttz, Mrs. Walter A. 
Kluttz, Walter Albert, Jr. 
Kluttz, Mrs. Walter Albert, Jr. 
Kluttz, Jean 
Kluttz, Jo Ann 
Kokiko, Mrs. George Victor 
Kreutzer, Mrs. Hilde 
Kiser, Harry 
Kiser, Mrs. Harry 

LaFar, D. R., Jr. 

LaFar, Mrs. D. R., Jr. 

LaFar, Dan Senn 

LaFar, Mrs. Dan Senn 

LaFar, Dan Senn, Jr. 

LaFar, Marshall 

LaFar, David R., Ill 

LaFar, Mrs. David R., Ill 

Land, Miss Sadie 

Lanham, Douglas Spencer Owen 

Lattimore, Mrs. Louie 

Lawson, W. D., Jr. 


Lawson, W. D., Ill 
Lawson, Mrs. W. D., Ill 
Leavitt, Mrs. T. E. 
Leech, John M. 
Leech, Mrs. John M. 
Leeper, Mrs. W. E. 
Leeper, Dr. W. E., Jr. 
Leeper, Mrs. W. E., Jr. 
Lewis, George R. 
Lewis, L. L., Jr. 
Lewis, Mrs. L. L., Jr. 
Lewis, Leland L., Ill 
Lewis, Robert F. 
Lewis, Mrs. Robert F. 
Lewis. Robert F., Jr. 
Lindsay, J. E. 
Lindsay, James E., II 
Lindsay, Mrs. James E., II 
Lindsay, James E., Ill 
Lineberger, H. Price 
Lineberger, Mrs. H. Price 
Lineberger, Martha Ann 
Lineberger, Miss Mildred 
Linker, W. W. 
Linker, Mrs. W. W. 
Loftin, Charles L, Jr. 
Loftin, Mrs. Charles I., Jr. 
Loftin, Charles I., Ill 
Loftin, David Highsmith 
Loftin, Bruce 
Loftin, Wallace 
Loftin, Mrs. Wallace 
Loggins, Charles D. 
Loggins, Mrs. Charles D. 
Love, Louise 
Love, W. Thomas, Jr. 
Lowie, E. L. 
Lowie, Mrs. E. L. 
Lowie, Nicholas 
Lynn, Mrs. Ray 
Lytle, Fred S. 
Lytic, Mrs. Fred S. 
Lyerly, Mrs. William R. 

Mackie, Mrs. H. S. 
Mackie, Myra Beth 
Mackorell, T. M. 
Mackorell, Mrs. T. M. 
Mackorell, James M. 
Mackorell, Mrs. James M. 

Mackorell, David Cook 

Mando, A. C. 

Mando, Mrs. A. C. 

Martin, Don A. 

Martin, Mrs. Don A. 

Marvin, Mrs. Ned I. 

Marvin, Kathy 

Marvin, Richard Morris 

Marvin, David Rhyne 

Mason, John Craig, Jr. 

Mason, Mrs. John Craig, Jr. 

Mason, John Craig, III 

Mason, Mrs. John Craig, III 

Mason, Mrs. Mary W. 

Matthews, Frank 

Matthews, Mrs. Frank 

Matthews, Mrs. J. H. 

Matthews, Miss Elizabeth 

Matthews, J. Houston, Jr. 

Matthews, Mrs. J. Houston, Jr. 

Matthews, J. Houston, III 

Maiers, Paul R. 

Maiers, Mrs. Paul R. 

Maiers, Paul R., Jr. 

Maiers, Carolyn 

Maiers, Patricia Anne 

Meek, James Albert 
Meek, Mrs. James Albert 
Meek, Virginia Arlena 
Medlin, Mrs. A. C. 
Melvin, Adam J. 
Melvin, Mrs. Adam J. 
Melvin, Bruce 
Melvin, Mrs. Bruce 
Melvin, J. A., Jr. 
Melvin, Mrs. J. A., Jr. 
Melvin, Jean 
Miller, Mrs. Jasper 
Miller, Dr. George R. 
Miller, Mrs. George R. 
Milmow, Mrs. Bertie 
Minges, Gene M. 
Minges, Mrs. Gene M. 
Minges, Gene Monroe, Jr. 
Minges, Donald 
Minges, J. Roger 
Moffett, Mrs. Harry M. 
Moffett, Margaret N. 
Moffett, Harry M., Ill 
Moore, Mrs. Carl M. 


Molen, Frank B. 
Molen, Mrs. Frank B. 
Moore, Garland V. 
Moore, Mrs. Garland V. 
Moore, Lois 
Moore, Eobert D. 
Moore, Mrs. Robert D. 
Moore, R. Dunreath, Jr. (Don) 
Morris, J. Theodore 
Morris, Mrs. J. Theodore 
Morris, Mrs. M. T. 
Morris, William Stephen 
Morris, Mrs. William Stephen 
Morrison, S. Emmett 
Morrison, Mrs. S. Emmett 
Morrow, J. Ben 
Morrow, Mrs. Norman 
Morrow, Norman W., Jr. 
Morrow, Mrs. Norman W., Jr. 
Morrow, Norman Patrick 
Moss, Charles A. 
Moss, Mrs. Charles A. 
Moss, Fred M. 
Moss, Mrs. Fred M. 
Moss, Fred M., Jr. 
Moss, Mrs. Fred M., Jr. 
Moss, Robert 
Moss, Mary Esther 
Moton, Miss Ola 
Mukenfuss, Mrs. Alberta 
Mullis, Frederick Arnold 
Mullis, Mrs. Frederick Arnold 
Mundy, William J. 
Mundy, Mrs. William J. 
Mundy, Jacelyn Bonita 
Murdock, Calvin J. 
Murdock, Mrs. Calvin 

McArver, Paul J. 
McArver, Mrs. Paul J. 
McCarter, Mrs. Grady Lee 
McCarter, Reid A. 
McCarter, Gloria Jean 
McCarter, Mrs. Robert W. 
McCarter, R. William, Jr. 
McCluney, Richard C. 
McCluney, Mrs. Richard C. 
McCluney, Rebecca Ann 
McConnaughey, William Joseph 
McConnaughey, Mrs. William J. 

McConnell, Dr. H. R. 
McConnell, Mrs. H. R. 
McGerrigle, J. R. 
McGerrigle, Mrs. J. R. 
McKay, Samuel 
McKay, Mrs. Samuel 
McKee, W. B. 
McKee, Mrs. W. B. 
McKee, William 
McKee, Mrs. William 
McLaughen, George F. 
McLa.ughen, Mrs. George F. 
McLean, J. D. 
McLean, Mrs. J. D. 
McLean, Myra Rose 
McLean. Leon Leslie 
McLean, Mrs. Leon Leslie 
McLean, L. Leslie, Jr. 
McLean, Robert Edgar 
McLean, Mrs. Robert Edgar 
McLean, Ruth Adams 
McLean, Robert Edgar, Jr. 
McLean, Mrs. Robert Edgar, Jr. 
McLean, Mrs. R. C. 
McNair, J. E. 
McNair, Mrs. J. E. 
McRainey, J. T., Jr. 
McRainey, Mrs. J. T., Jr. 

Norris, J. Rufus 
Morris, Mrs. J. Rufus 
Norris, James R., Jr. 
Norris, Adele 

Ormand, James F. 
Ormand, Mrs. James F. 
Owen, Mrs. Clint 
Owen, William E. 
Owen, Mrs. William E. 
Owen, W. Donald 
Owen, Douglas W. 
Owens, J. C, Jr. 
Owens, Mrs. J. C, Jr. 

Padget, Ralph 
Padgett, Mrs. Ralph 
Parks, John W. 
Parks, Mrs. John W. 
Parks, John W., Jr. 
Parks, David 


Patrick, Mrs. L. N. 
Patrick, L. Neale, Jr. 
Patrick, Mrs. L. Neale, Jr. 
Patrick, William Henry 
Patrick, Mrs. William Henry 
Patrick, Robert W. 
Patrick, Dr. William M. 
Patrick, Mrs. William M. 
Patsch, A. V. 
Patsch, Mrs. A. V. 
Patsch, Carolyn 
Patsch, Joe 
Patterson, Mrs. E. L. 
Patterson, George V. 
Patterson, J. G. 
Patterson, Mrs. J. G. 
Patterson, J. G., Jr. 
Patton, Clyde W. 
Patton, Mrs. Clyde W. 
Patton, Glenn 
Patton, Mrs. Glenn 
Patton, Mrs. Mabel D. 
Pate, John L. 
Pate, Mrs. John L. 
Payne, Jacob A. 
Payne, Mrs. Jacob A. 
Peach, Otis L. 
Peach, Mrs. Otis L. 
Peach, Otis Lamar, Jr. 
Peach, Mary Dee 
Peach, William Burgess 
Peden, John C. 
Peden, Mrs. John C. 
Peden, Vicky Sue 
Peden, Nancy Clara 
Pegram, Miss Jennie McD. 
Petrey, Ernest Q. 
Petrey, Mrs. Ernest Q. 
Petrey, E. Quinn, Jr. 
Petrey, Harry 
Petrey, Martha Kate 
Petty, Mrs. Britt 
Petty, Larry 
Petty, Mrs. Larry 
Porter, Mrs. Faye A. 
Price, Willis A. 
Price, Mrs. Willis A. 

Query, Mrs. Hugh A. 
Query, J. Sam 

Query, Mrs. J. Sam 
Query, James Samuel, Jr. 
Query, William 
Quinn, Miss Eulalie 

Ragan, Caldwell 
Ragan, Mrs. Caldwell 
Ragan, Caldwell, Jr. 
Ragan, Robert Allison 
Ragan, Dan C. 
Ragan, Mrs. Dan C. 
Ragan, Daniel Pierce 
Ragan, Mrs. Daniel Pierce 
Ragan, Daniel P., Jr. 
Ragan, Mrs. Daniel P., Jr. 
Ragan, Nancy Gale 
Ragan, Jenny Elizabeth 
Ragan, George W. 
Ragan, Mrs. George W. 
Ragan, George W., Jr. 
Ragan, J. Alonzo 
Ragan, Wilson 
Ragan, Mrs. Wilson 
Ragan, Donna Alice 
Ragan, Mary Anne 
Ramsaur, Mrs. Jackson 
Ramsaur, Jerry 
Ramsaur, Dixon Byrd 
Ramsaur, Benjamin Draughon 
Ramsey, Thomas D. 
Ramsey, Mrs. Thomas D. 
Ramsey, David Ellis 
Rankin, Miss A. Lucille 
Rankin, Clinton P. 
Rankin, Mrs. Clinton P. 
Rankin, Clinton P., Jr. 
Rankin, Henry 
Rankin, James Robert 
Rankin, Mrs. James Robert 
Rankin, James Robert, Jr. 
Rankin, Miss Lula 
Rankin, Mrs. Robert Wray 
Rankin, Robert Wray, Jr. 
Rankin, Vivian P. 
Rankin, Mrs. Vivian P. 
Rankin, Mrs. W. Theodore 
Ratchford, Fred A. 
Ratchford, Mrs. Fred A. 
Ratchford, Rosalind 
Ratchford, Fred Anderson, Jr. 


Ratchford, Fred H. 
Ratchford, Mrs. Fred H. 
Ratchford, Jean 
Ratchford, Bonnie Kay 
Ratchford, G. Rufus 
Ratchford, Mrs. G. Rufus 
Ratchford, Jane Henry 
Ratchford, J. Ross 
Ratchford, Mrs. J. Ross 
Ratchford, Miss Ollie 
Ratchford, Mrs. Thomas D. 
Ray, Miss Dorothy J. 
Reichel, Earl W. 
Reichel, Mrs. Earl W. 
Reid, James W., Jr. 
Reid, Mrs. James W., Jr. 
Reid, Martin Shuford 
Reid, Mrs. Martin Shuford 
Rhodes, Joseph 
Rhodes, Mrs. Joseph 
Rhyne, Mrs. Coit E. 
Rhyne, Dane S. 
Rhyne, Mrs. Dane S. 
Rhyne, D. Sam, Jr. 
Rhyne, Mrs. D. Sam, Jr. 
Rhyne, Deborah Ann 
Rhyne, Fred S. 
Rhyne, Mrs. Fred S. 
Rhyne, John Albert 
Rhyne, Mrs. John Albert 
Rhyne, Julius Ray 
Rhyne, Mrs. Julius Ray 
Rhyne, Miss Leila 
Rhyne, Mrs. Walter G. 
Rice, Miss Ruth 
Riddle, Mrs. Fred D. 
Riddle, Fred D., Jr. 
Riddle, Vivian John 
Riddle, Mrs. George 
Riddle, Dr. Harry 
Riddle, Mrs. Harry 
Riddle, Alex 
Riddle, Joseph Saye 
Riddle, Mrs. Joseph Saye 
Riddle, Robert Saye 
Riley, Mrs. Elise (John) 
Roberts, Frank McK. 
Roberts, Mrs. Frank McK. 
Roberts, Dr. W. M. 
Roberts, Mrs. W. M. 

Robertson, Fred, Jr. 
Robertson, Mrs. Fred, Jr. 
Robertson, W. H. 
Robertson, Mrs. W. H. 
Robinson, Alfred S. 
Robinson, Mrs. Alfred S. 
Robinson, Mrs. Charles M. 
Robinson, Mrs. J. Lee, Sr. 
Robinson, Mrs. John C. 
Robinson, Kelly 
Robinson, Mrs. Kelly 
Robinson, Annie May 
Robinson, Marvin 
Robinson, Mrs. Marvin 
Robinson, Lewis Kelly 
Robinson, Katherine Elizabeth 
Robinson, Ralph Smyre 
Robinson, Mrs. Ralph Smyre 
Robinson, Ralph Smyre, Jr. 
Robinson, Mrs. Ralph Smyre, Jr. 
Robinson, Mrs. William Lee 
Rockett, Mrs. Glenn W. 
Rogers, Harry 
Rogers, Mrs. Harry 
Rogers, Stephen Allen 
Rollins, Max D. 
Rollins, Mrs. Max D. 
Rosebro, Robert N. 
Rosebro, Mrs. Robert N. 
Rosebro, Robert N., Jr. 
Rosebro, Cortland 
Rosebro, Ann 
Ross, Mrs. Vernon 
Rudisill, Jack W. 
Rudisill, Mrs. Jack W. 
Rudisill, Jeff 
Rudisill, Robert Wilson 
Rudisill, Jack W., Jr. 
Rudisill, Mrs. Jack W., Jr. 
Rutter, Harry 
Rutter, Mrs. Harry 

Sanford, Mrs. Andrew 
Schenck, Mrs. M. E. 
Searcy, Alvin 
Searcy, Mrs. Alvin 
Shive, L. J. 
Shive, Mrs. L. J. 
Shive, Verne 
Shive, Mrs. Verne 


Shuford, Mrs. Boyce 
Sifford, W. A. 
Siler, R. P. 
Siler, Mrs. R. P. 
Simpson, J. E. 
Simpson, Ralph H. 
Sinclair, R. Frank 
Sinclair, G. R. 
Sinclair, Mrs. G. R. 
Sinclair, Sandra Cecelia 
Smith, B. E. 
Smith, Mrs. B. E. 
Smith, Lonnie 
Smith, Mrs. Frank 
Smith, Harold L. 
Smith, Mrs. Harold L. 
Smyre, Mrs. Fred L., Sr. 
Smyre, Fred L., Jr. 
Smyre, Mrs. Fred L., Jr. 
Smyre, Frederick L., Ill 
Spake, Mrs. I. W. 
Sparrow, William R. 
Sparrow, Mrs. William R. 
Spencer, Arthur M. 
Spencer, Mrs. Arthur M. 
Spencer, Arthur M., Jr. 
Spencer, Mrs. Arthur M., Jr. 
Spencer, Arthur M., Ill 
Spencer, Florence Penelope 
Spencer, Mrs. Gray H. 
Spencer, Roscoe S. 
Sprouse, Arthur W. 
Sprouse, Mrs. Arthur W. 
Spurrier, Mrs. Fred M. 
Spurrier, Powell Henry, Jr. 
Starnes, Blake Boyd 
Starnes, Jeanne 
Starnes, Suzanne Janet 
Starnes, Clarke R. 
Starnes, Mrs. Clarke R. 
Starnes, Donna Alice 
Starnes, Mrs. Louise B. 
Stewart, Sam M. 
Stewart, Mrs. Sam M. 
Stewart, James Samuel 
Stewart, Thomas Alexander 
Stowe, Miss Hattie 
Stowe, S. A. 
Stowe, Mrs. S. A. 
Stowe, June Carroll 

Stowe, Roger 
Strange, Consandra Kay 
Sudduth, A. L. 
Sudduth, Mrs. A. L. 
Sudduth, A. L., Jr. 
Sudduth, Mrs. A. L., Jr. 
Sudduth, Alvin L., Ill 
Summerell, Mrs. J. N. 
Summerell, Ann Mitchell 
Summerell, Julia Wainwright 
Swiggett, Jackson W. 
Swiggett, Mrs. Jackson W. 

Talley, Miss Betty Jo 
Talley, Billie Ann 
Talley, Elaine 
Talley, Robert H. 
Talley, Mrs. Robert H. 
Talley, Anita 
Talley, Russell 
Talley, Mrs. J. Russell 
Talley, John R., Jr. 
Talley, Louie Daniel 
Talley, Thomas Michael 
Talley, William T. 
Talley, Mrs. William T. 
Tallman, Charles V. 
Tallman, Mrs. Charles V. 
Tallman, Arthur Vaughn 
Taylor, Miss Eubank 
Taylor, Mrs. J. Caswell 
Taylor, J. Caswell, Jr. 
Taylor, Jackson W. 
Taylor, Mrs. Jackson W. 
Taylor, Mrs. James L. 
Taylor, James L., Jr. 
Taylor, Alice Caldwell 
Templeton, Elmer 
Templeton, Mrs. Elm^r 
Thomas, C. G. 
Thomas, Mrs. C. G. 
Thomas, Elmore 
Thomas, Mrs. Elmore 
Thomas, Dorothy Jennifer 
Thompson, Mrs. Charles 
Thompson, J. Henry 
Thompson, Mrs. J. Henry 
Thompson, Joseph H., Jr. 
Thompson, Jerry 
Thompson, Mary Bradley 


Thompson, J. Landon 
Thompson, Mrs. J. Landon 
Thompson, P. H. 
Thomson, Mrs. J. F. 
Tomlin, William H. 
Toomey, R. G. 
Toomey, Mrs. R. G. 
Torrence, Charlton K. 
Torrence, Mrs. Charlton K. 
Torrence, Jean Marie 
Torrence, Charlton K., Jr. 
Torrence, Mrs. Charlton K., Jr. 
Tull, Samuel A. 
Tull, Mrs. Samuel A. 
Tull, Jane 
Tull, Gene Ann 
Tull, Susan Thomas 
Thaler, Charles M. 
Thaler, Mrs. Charles M. 
Thaler, William 

Underwood, E. Raymond 
Underwood, Mrs. E. Raymond 
Underwood, E. Raymond, Jr. 
Underwood, Mrs. E. Raymond, Jr. 
Underwood, John McElroy 
Upchurch, Fred 
Upchurch, Mrs. Fred 
Upchurch, Fred, Jr. 
Upchurch, Mrs. Helen 

Van Dyke, Irvin R. 
Van Dyke, Mrs. Irvin R. 
Van Dyke, Mary Matilda 
Van Sleen, Albert 
Van Sleen, Mrs. Albert 
Van Sleen, William Albert 
Van Sleen, H. M. 
Van Sleen, Mrs. H. M. 

Ward, 0. L. 
Ward, Mrs. 0. L. 
Warren, Ernest R. 
Warren, O. A. 
Warren, Mrs. 0. A. 
Warren, Roy P. 
Warren, Mrs. Roy P. 
Warren, Roy Payton, Jr. 
Warren, Mrs. W. Y. 
Warren, W. Y., Jr. 

Watkins, Robert Todd 
Watkins, Mrs. Robert Todd 
Watson, Miss Jennie Craig 
Watson, Thomas Craig 
Watson, Mrs. Thomas Craig 
Watson, Thomas Craig, Jr. 
Watts, Mrs. F. W. 
Weber, Mrs. Carl 
Wetzell, Charles A. 
Wetzell, Mrs. Charles A. 
Wetzell, Martha Binns 
Wetzell, W. L. 
Wetzell, Mrs. W. L. 
Wetzell, W. L., Jr. 
Wetzell, Mrs. W. L., Jr. 
Wetzell, William L., Ill 
Wetzell, Frederick Scott 
Wetzell, Nancy Clare 
Whisnant, Howard 
Whisnant, Mrs. Howard 
Whisnant, William P. 
White, Mrs. OUie 
Whitesides, Mrs. M. T 
Whitesides, T. P. 
Willcox, J. A. 
Willcox, Mrs. J. A. 
Willcox, J. A., Jr. 
Willcox, Mrs. J. A., Jr. 
Willcox, Mary Anthony 
Wilkins, John A. 
Wilkins, Mrs. John A. 
Wilkins, Donald M. 
Wilkins, John A., Jr. 
Wilkinson, Ted A. 
Wilkinson, Mrs. Ted A. 
Williams, Clarence F., Jr. 
Williams, Mrs. Clarence F., 
Williams, Dr. E. C. 
Williams, Mrs. E. C. 
Williams, Phillip R. 
Williams, Mrs. Philip R. 
Wyss, Lawrence Leslie 
Wyss, Mrs. Lawrence Leslie 
Wyss, L. Kirk 
Williford, Quay D. 
Williford, Wade H. 
Williford, Mrs. Wade H. 
Williford, Wade, III 
Williford, Quay D., Ill 
Wilson, A. W. 




Wilson, Mrs. A. W. 
Wilson, Miss Jenny Lee 
Wilson, Miss Pearl 
Wilson, Miss Essie 
Wilson, Mrs. Thomas Lee 
Wilson, Dr. W. Dan 
Wilson, Mrs. W. Dan 
Wilson, W. Leonard 
Wilson, Mrs. W. Leonard 
Winget, H. Gilmer 
Winget, Mrs. H. Gilmer 
Winget, Mrs. J. Sidney 
Winget, Knox 
Winget, Mrs. Knox 
Winget, Virginia Boger 
Winget, Margaret W. 
Woody, Dr. M. E., Jr. 
Woody, Mrs. M. E., Jr. 
Woody, Frances Elizabeth 
Woody, Dr. W. L. 
Woody, Mrs. W. L. 
Woody, Adriana 
Woody, Ann Victoria 

Woody, William Lewis, Jr. 
Workman, James Meek 

Yarbrough, David 
Yarbrough, Mrs. David 
Yarbrough, Doris Ann 
Yarbrough, Norma Jean 
York, Edward 
York, Mrs. Edward 

Zeigler, Charles B. 
Zeigler, Mrs. Charles B. 
Zeigler, Charles E. 
Zeigler, Mrs. Charles E. 
Zeigler, Charles E., Jr. 
Zeigler, Virginia Jeanne 
Zeigler, Branson E. 
Zeigler, Mrs. Branson E. 
Zeigler, Charles Lawrence 
Zeigler, Vickie Beth 
Zirkle, Don D. 
Zirkle, Mrs. Don D. 




Gastonia, N. C. 
OCTOBER 17. 1961 

Abernathy, Timothy 
Apperson, H. Eugene 
Amos, Howard S. 
Amos, Mrs. Howard S. 
Amos, Mary Hugh 

Dickinson, Mrs. Gary W. 
Dozier, E. N., Jr. 
Dozier, Sally 

Ford, Mrs. Peter 

(Sue Foster Gettys) 

Grier, Mr. and Mrs. Harry G., Jr. 

Haynes, Mrs. John Elliott 

(Ann S. Falls) 
Hill, Lt. Robert G. 
Hinson, Mrs. Garnett Nelson 

(Anne Alexander) 

Jolly, Mrs. William Oscar, III 

(Nancy Thompson) 
Jones, Mrs. Walter L. 
Jordan, Harvie C. 
Jordan, Mrs. Harvie C. 
Jordan, David Davoe 
Jordan, Mary Jane 

Love, Samuel DeDonda 
Love, Mrs. Samuel DeRonda 
Love, Catherine 

Love, Samuel DeRonda, Jr. 

Maloney, Mrs. Eugene (Peggy Harper) 
Martin, Mrs. David (Ann Siler) 
Melvin, Andrew Shaw 
Merriman, Mrs. W. W., Ill 
Martorano, Mrs. Richard J. 
Monges, Robert H. 
Moore, Mrs. T. A., Jr. 
(Mary Lee LaFar) 
Moorhead, George Doyle 
Miles, John Wesley 
Miles, Mrs. John Wesley 
Miles, Cynthia 
Miles, Thomas 

McCluney, R. C, Jr. 

Patton, Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. 

Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. William Stewart 
Robinson, Mrs. James 
(Toppy McLean) 
Rankin, Wylie T., Ill 

Smith, Mrs. Frank, Jr. 
Smith, Miss Laura 
Siner, Mrs. Joel L. 

Toomey, Richard G., Jr. 
Williams, Miss Carol 




Gastonia, N. C. 
OCTOBER 17, 1961 

Cappell, Mrs. Margaret 
Cherry, Wm. D. 
Childers, Mrs. W. E. 
Cleere, Mrs. Ray 
Colbert, Mrs. Sarah N. 
Crowe, Mrs. Ted 

Boyes, Mrs. Calvin 

Dant, Mrs. Wm. 
Deese, Mrs. Marvin 
Dickson, Tommie 
Dickson, Mrs. Tommie 

Gruenhut, Mrs. Werner Kirt 

Jackson, Eugene 
Jackson, Mrs. Eugene 
Johnstone, Amos C, Jr. 
Jones, Mrs. Shirley 
Jones, Mrs. Walter 
Jones, Arthur C, Jr. 

Leeper, Joe 
Logan, Mrs. H. K. 

Mackorell, James 

Mackorell, Mrs. James 
Maines, Joseph 
Maines, Mrs. Joseph 
Miefert, Mrs. M. D., Jr. 
Mrs. Joseph P. Miele 
Moore, Mrs. Thomas O., Jr. 

McConnell, Harvey 
McNair, J. E., Jr. 
McNair, Mrs. J. E., Jr. 

Philhower, R. H. 

Rankin, Joe 
Rankin, John O., Jr. 
Robinson, Florence 
Robinson, J. Lee, Jr. 

Smith, Laura 
Smith, Mrs. Herbert 

Tucker, Mrs. R. H. 

Wiggins, Mr. James M. 
Wiggins, Mrs. James M. 
Wiggins, Miss Sandra Lee 


OCTOBER 25, 1961 

Dr. Harry M. Moffett, Minister 

Dr. J. N. Brown, Associate Minister 

Miss Eubank Taylor, Director Christian Education 

Mrs. Roy P. Warren, Director of Music 

Mrs. Ralph W. Armstrong, Organist 

Miss Bess P. Jackson, Church Secretary 

Mrs. Woodrow Morris, Minister's Secretary 

Mrs. E. L. Patterson, Bookkeeper 

Mrs. Dane S. Rhyne, Church Hostess 

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Paysour, Sextons 

Mr. James Cloud, Sexton 

Mr. Will Hewitt, Sexton 




Harry M. Moffett, J. N. Brown, Ministers 
Fred A. Ratchford, Clerk 

CLASS OF 1963 
M. R. Adams 
J. E. Brison 
Ralph H. Falls 
R. A. Gordon 
C. C. Kimbrell 
Fred A. Ratchford 
Ralph S. Robinson 
W. R. Sparrow 
W. L. Wetzell, Jr. 

J. L. Kendrick 

T. J. Abernathy 
W. A. Daniel 
B. T. Dickson 
R. A. Dickson 

CLASS OF 1965 
L. G. Alexander 
M. T. Cameron 
J. Bynum Carter 
C. F. Daniel 
James Boyce Garland 
W. D. Lawson, III 
John C. Peden 
Caldwell Ragan 
A. S. Robinson 
John A. Wilkins 

Harry Rutter L. J. Shive 

J. G. Jackson 
Paul Kincaid 
D. R. LaFar 
Fred M. Moss 

CLASS OF 1967 
Robert L. Adams 
K. A. Bowen 
Harry Cobb 
Lacy Faust 
Dr. Stuart Gibbs 
Ralph Harper 
Frank Matthews 
Fred H. Ratchford 
C. K. Torrence, Sr. 
Charles A. Wetzell 

H. G. Winget 

J. R. McGerrigle 
D. S. Rhyne 
F. L. Smyre, Jr. 
Clarke Starnes 
Quay D. Williford 


T. Craig Watson, Chairman 
M. T. Cameron, Treasurer 

John M. Akers, Vice Chairman 
J. Landon Thompson, Secretary 

CLASS OF 1963 
A. G. Bell 

Dr. B. T. Dickson, Jr. 
Roy W. Kelly 
Dan S. LaFar 
W. D. Lawson 
C. I. Loftin, Jr. 
Dr. W. M. Patrick 
Harry Rogers 
Elmer Templeton 
Dr. W. L. Woody 

CLASS OF 1965 
Randolph Carothers 
Dr. Ben M. Drake 
Peter W. Garland 
J. A. Hannon 
T. M. Mackorell 
J. E. McNair 
Bruce Melvin 
J. R. Norris 
J. F. Ormand 
L. Neale Patrick 
Roy Warren 
T. Craig Watson 
Wade Williford 

CLASS OF 1967 
John M. Akers 
Joe L. Barnett 
Dr. W. W. Dickson 
Robert Jackson 
Duke Kimbrell 
David LaFar 
Jno. C. Mason, III 
Jas. A. Meek 
James McRainey 
Larry Petty 
J. Sam Query 
Ralph S. Robinson, Jr. 
Robert N. Rosebro 
Landon Thompson 
C. K. Torrence, Jr. 


Congregational Leadership In Kings Mountain Presbytery 

J. Bynum Carter Member of the Christian Education Committee 

W. A. Daniel Member of the Church Extension Committee 

P. W. Garland Member of the Stewardship Committee 

J. R. McGerrigle Member of Presbytery's Council 

Mrs. H. A. Query Presbyterial President 

Mrs. J. N. Brown Presbyterial Recording Secretary 

Mrs. R. W. McCarter Presbyterial Chairman of Church Extension 

Mrs. Fred M. Moss Presbyterial Chairman of White Cross 

Our Missionaries 

Dr. and Mrs. Langdon Henderlite Brazil 

Rev. and Mrs. J. Kemp Hobson Africa 

Rev. and Mrs. J. A. McAlpine Japan 

Rev. and Mrs. C. G. Durham Korea 

Rev. and Mrs. A. T. Trimble, Jr Taiwan 



OCTOBER 1, 1961 


Gastonia, N. C. 

OFFICERS — 1961-1962 

President Mrs. W. L. Wetzell, Jr. 

First Vice President Mrs. E. L. Patterson 

Second Vice President Mrs. James Boyce Garland 

Secretary Mrs. J. N. Brown 

Treasurer Mrs. Fred Upchurch 

Historian Mrs. T. J. Abernathy 


Spiritual Growth Mrs. Harry Cobb 

Christian Education Mrs. Landon Thompson 

Stewardship Mrs. Vance Howard 

Church Extension Mrs. F. A. Cathey, Jr. 

World Missions Mrs. Branson Zeigler 

Annuities and Relief Mrs. R. 0. Crawford 

General Fund Agencies Mrs. H. S. Mackie 

Inter-Group Work Mrs. Verne Shive 

Pastor's Aid Mrs. W. R. Sparrow 

Finance Mrs. W. Y. Gardner 


No. 1— Mrs. Hubert Belk No. 6— Mrs. Harry M. Moffett 

No. 2 — Mrs. Alfred Robinson No. 7 — Mrs. C. K. Torrence, Jr. 

No. 3 — Mrs. Ben Drake No. 8 — Mrs. T. D. Ramsey 

No. 4 — Mrs. Tom Fearrington No. 9 — Mrs. Wade Williford 

No. 5 — Mrs. James L. Taylor 10 — Mrs. George Ragan 


No. 11— Mrs. L. N. Patrick No. 13 — Mrs. M. R. Adams 

No. 12— Mrs. 0. D. Boyce No. 14— Mrs. J. R. Norris 

No. 15 — Mrs. Lee Dixon 


No. 16 — Mrs. Myrtle Henley No. 20— Mrs. John Harris 

No. 17 — Mrs. Melvin Burns Mrs. W. G. Forrest 

No. 18— Mrs. S. J. Brown (Co-Chairmen) 

No. 19— Mrs. Emily Bennett No. 21— Mrs. Joe Harrill 

No. 22— Mrs. H. W. Kiser 
No. 23— Mrs. Robert Barnhill 



Div.S. 285.1756773 D184 F527 1961 

. First Pre sbyterian Church n f 

"nFM— gjg, t onia , N.C . 




Duke University Libraries